- Stengthens and supports the immune system.
- Fortifies against foreign invaders.
How It Works:
The pau d'arco tree grows in the rain forests of Brazil. Unlike other trees in its midst, pau d'arco does not develop fungus growth, even though it grows in the most lush tropical rainforests in the world. Pau d'arco contains a chemical called lapachol, which may account for the herbs traditional use in strengthening and supporting the immune system.
Pau d'arco inner bark. Liquid herb contains extract of inner bark.
Take 2 capsules with a meal three times daily. Five capsules are equivalent to two cups of Pau D'Arco tea. Liquid: Take 1/2 teaspoon with water three times daily. Bulk/tea: Add 1 heaping tablespoon to 2 pints boiling water and remove from heat. Steep for 20 minutes and strain. Makes 4 cups.
Several communities prized this botanical nutrient for its benefits. According to records, it was used by the Incas, the Kallawayas, and other native South American groups for its many healing properties. Pau d’arco is Portuguese for “bow tree.” That makes sense when you realize that its dense, rot-resistant wood makes excellent hunting bows, and the natives harvested it for just that. Its Latin name Tabebuia heptaphylla also led to the nickname taheebo. And many people from the region are familiar with taheebo tea. It’s also called lapacho, no doubt a reference to lapachol.