Pau D’Arco is one of the best known herbs from South America. This herb is chiefly found within the Amazon rainforest. For centuries, pau d’arco has been a cornerstone of the tribal healing traditions of the area. Pau D’Arco is typically used as whole herb to treat infections and cancer.
The inner bark of Pau D’Arco, also known as taheebo or lapacho, has been used as a traditional treatment for a wide variety of conditions both internally and externally. In fact, some sectors of modern science has validated Pau D’Arco’s effectiveness as a treatment for a number of health conditions. Its chief properties are mainly antibiotic, anti-fungal and even anti-tumor.
Pau D’Arco contains such chemical compounds as lapachol, lapachone and isolapachone, although many herbal practitioners attribute its healing properties to its tannins.
Beneath are some of the more well-known health benefits of this herb:
- Can be used to complement treatment towards tumor reduction and suppression.
- Appears to increase the production of red blood cells, and looks to be a promising agent in the treatment and/or management of leukemia, anemia and other blood disorders.
- Can be used to treat constipation.
- Can be used to treat colds, flu, sore throat and yeast infections.
- May offer protection against such tropical diseases as malaria and schistosomiasis.
- May help relieve ulcers.