Pau D’Arco (Lapacho)
Pau d’Arco is a large canopy tree native to the rainforests of Central and South America.
Over 100 species of the tree exist, and it is the inner bark of these trees which is used for medicinal purposes.
Taken as a tea, Pau D’Arco is a full-bodied, healthy and traditional drink believed to strengthen the body’s natural defences, and is also used as a general tonic for all-round good health.
Historically Pau d’Arco was used by the ancient Incas and other indigenous peoples of the region as something of a ‘cure all’: for colds, coughs and flu; malaria; respiratory complaints; arthritis and rheumatism; fevers; boils and fungal infections; even syphilis and snakebite.
Modern herbalists indicate the use of Pau d’Arco taken internally in the form of a tea to treat a range of medical conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
Also to treat ulcers and aid digestion.
Use of the boiled bark externally as a poultice or the strained liquid as a wash is also indicated in the treatment of fungal infections, skin inflammations, boils, eczema, abrasions and haemorrhoids.
NOTE: More recently Pau d’Arco has been indicated in the treatment of cancer. While scientific studies have shown that one of the active ingredients in Pau d’Arco (called ‘lapachol’) may be effective in the treatment of certain tumours in animals, as yet there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that Pau d’Arco is a cure for cancer in humans.
To make a tea: Boil 1 teaspoon of Earthfare Pau d’Arco / Lapacho Tea in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes. Strain and sip.
For further information on the medicinal properties and uses of Pau d’Arco we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.