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Pau d Arco as an Herb

Pau d' arco as an herb

Tabebuia impetiginosa; formerly T. avellanedae

Pau d'arco has been studied well with early results promising. Research on anticancer activity was conducted in the late 1960s and early 1970s by the National Cancer Institute. Analyses of commercial products have found that many lack the known active constituents.

Pau d' Arco as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

One of the best known herbs from the Amazonian rainforest, pau d'arco is a key ingredient in the tribal medicine chest, used as whole herb to treat infections and cancer.

In the Americas, Pau d'arco has a folk reputation as an anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent, especially for treating candida infections.

In Peru, Pau d'arco has been used to treat diabetes and as a blood purifier.

There is laboratory evidence that Pau d'arco contains compounds that protect against tropical diseases, specifically malaria, schistosomiasis, and tropical fevers.

The herb is added to ointments to treat psoriasis, and taken orally to relieve ulcers.

Pau d'arco tincture should be taken in water with a little lemon juice so tannins can be absorbed through the colon for maximum absorption of the full range of healing compounds.

Culinary Uses of Pau d' Arco

Generally not used for culinary purposes.


Reported side effects include nausea and gastrointestinal distress. Pau d'arco should be approached cautiously: its anticancer activity is unconfirmed.

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