- Stimulates the immune system.
- Eliminates toxins and helps purify the blood.
- Acts as an antifungal and antibacterial agent.
An evergreen tree native to the warm climates of Central and South America, the pau d’arco tree is distinguished by its stunningly bright bunches of pink flowers. The pau d’arco tree displays extremely hard wood and gets its name from the Portuguese word for “bow stick” because it was used by South American Indians to make hunting bows. The most powerful part of the tree is the inner bark. After harvesting, the bark is aged to optimize potency. The sifted inner-bark of the pau d’arco tree is often used to make tea coveted as a natural healing tonic.
Known for its immune-boosting properties, pau d’arco contains two active chemicals called naphthoquinones, lapachol and beta-lapachone, which demonstrate antifungal and antibacterial effects. Pau d’arco boosts the immune response and springs immune cells into action, thereby preventing cellular damage. Used as an overall healing tonic, pau d’arco is thought to detoxify the blood of harmful free radicals and environmental toxins.
As a result, pau d’arco may help prevent respiratory, bladder, and prostate infections, parasitic infections, yeast infections, and sexually transmitted infections. The tonic is sometimes directly applied to athlete’s foot or nail fungus to ease symptoms. Additionally, pau d’arco promotes healthy bacterial balance in the body and is thought to help ease stomach irritation, ulcers, and diarrhea.
In recent years, demand for supplemental pau d’arco has risen dramatically, causing the trees to become endangered. Our pau d’arco is ethically harvested in the wild.
For best results, use 30-60 drops in water or juice, 2-3 times daily, or as needed.
- Pau d’arco may be unsafe at high doses. High doses may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, or internal bleeding.
- Consult your physician before using pau d’arco if you are pregnant or nursing.
- Pau d’arco may delay clotting and should be used with caution in people with bleeding disorders or those taking blood thinners including warfarin, clopidogrel, or aspirin.
- Additionally, stop using pau d’arco at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery because it may slow blood clotting.