Pau d’ Arco or Tabebuia impeliginosa is a large tree which can grow up to 100 feet tall. Native to parts of Central and South America. It is a deciduous tree with broad waxy leaves, and beautiful trumpet shaped pink flowers. The name Pau d’ Arco is Portuguese for “bow wood”, a name which references the strong rot resistant properties of the wood, and its usefulness in making strong bows.
The tree has been used for more than 1000 years in Brazil and throughout many tropical South American climates where it grows. The bark and leaves have been used traditionally by the Guarani and Tupi tribes of Brazil. These tribes have long used the bark for a large variety of ailments including; fungal infections, arthritis, colds, cough, anemia, boils, syphilis, cancer and more. It is speculated to have been highly regarded by the Inca as well, but this has yet to be proven.
Today the bark is still a highly regarded medicine around the world. It is now used for treatment of multiple fungal, viral, and bacterial infections including; herpes, candida overgrowth, and skin infections. It is most popularly used for fighting cancer, inflammation and candida.
Research has found two active compounds (among others) called naphthoquinones known as lapachol and beta-lapachone. In lab tests these chemicals were found to kill several types of bacteria, viruses, funguses and parasitic organisms. Studies have shown that beta-lapachone can cause apoptosis in cancer cells, which may inhibit growth of several different types of cancers. Beta-lapachone’s anti-inflammatory properties have not been studied as intensively, but there has been shown to be some anti-inflammatory properties on macrophages, a defensive cell that targets invasive cells and organisms in the body.
Pau d’Arco is a powerful medicinal plant and should be used in moderation. Its excellent healing properties are waiting to benefit you. Potion.World has Pau d’Arco available for you!
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