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Pau D’Arco, (Tabeuia spp. (syn. Tabebuia spp.) Powder Bulk
Bignoniaceae (Bignonia Family)
The genus name Tabeuia is a native Brazilian word meaning "ant wood," as ants live in the hollow dead twigs. The Guarani and Tupi tribes call this tree tajy, meaning "to have strength and vigor."
Range of Appearance
Pau d'arco is an evergreen (deciduous in colder climates) tree native to the mountainous regions of the Amazon and Andes but widely naturalized in the tropics. It can reach a height of 100 feet. The large, funnel-shaped flowers are purple, yellow, blue, magenta, or pink. The opposite leaves are ovate or lanceolate and are borne on yellow-green stems; they are usually gathered in groups of five of uneven sizes.
Inner lining of bark (Phloem)
Alterative, analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antitumor, antiviral, aromatic, astringent, febrifuge, immune stimulant, laxative (mild)
Pau d'arco was widely used as a medicinal herb during the Incan Empire, and many tribes of South America, including the Guarani, make use of it. It is traditionally used to increase strength and endurance. It appears to increase oxygen supply to the body, have strong activity against a wide range of pathogens, and increase red blood cell production. One of its constituents, lapachol, is believed to inhibit the growth of tumor cells by preventing them from metabolizing oxygen. Pau d'arco is used in the treatment of AIDS, allergies, anemia, arthritis, asthma, boils, bronchitis, cancer, candida, chronic fatigue, colds, colitis, constipation, coughs, cystitis, diabetes, dysentery, eczema, fever, flu, gastritis, gonorrhea, herpes, Hodgkin's disease, hypertension, leukemia, lupus, lymphatic congestion, malaria, osteomyelitis, intestinal parasites, Parkinson's disease, polyps, prostatitis, psoriasis, rheumatism, snakebite, syphilis, trichomonas, tuberculosis, tumors, ulcers, venereal disease, yeast infection, and warts. It is also used to minimize the side effects of medications, including hair loss, pain, and immune dysfunction. Topically, pau d'arco can be used as a salve to treat ringworm, wounds, and yeast overgrowth; as a douche or suppository to treat yeast infection; as a mouthwash to treat thrush; or as a foot soak to treat athlete's foot.
Not generally considered edible.
Pau d'arco wood is used in the construction of tools, boats, and houses.
Ascorbic acid, chromium, iodine, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium, silicon, zinc, napthaquinones (lapachol, lapachone,) alpha- and beta-xyloidone, flavonoids (quercetin, xloidone), carnosol, lapachenole, indoles, alkaloids (tecomine), coenzyme Q10, steroidal saponins
Excess use may loosen bowels or cause nausea or vomiting. Avoid during pregnancy and while nursing. Product adulteration is common, so be sure that your source is trustworthy. Look for purple or red pau d'arco and accept only the inner bark.
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