Pau D’Arco aka Lapacho

Pau D'Arco aka Lapacho

Ayse Hogan

In Brazil,  native to the Amazonian rainforest, as well as regions of Central and South America, contain several species of Tabebuia trees that are used to make pau d’arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa or Tabebuia avellanedae). In herbal medicine, the bark has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of medical conditions.

Pau d’arco means “bow tree” in Portuguese because it is used by native Brazilians to make bows and arrows. Its tree bark has been used by indigenous people for centuries. This tree’s inner bark can be made into a tea called lapacho. It is known as taheebo and ipé roxo as well. 

Today, pau d’arco extract is widely available in dietary supplements, and it contains a powerful antioxidant called quercetin, which is said to have beneficial effects. Besides its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties treats fungal infections like candida, pau d’arco is also a natural source of naphthoquinones.

Treatment for:

  • malaria
  • anemia
  • colitis
  • respiratory illness
  • coughs and colds
  • fungal infections
  • fever
  • arthritis
  • circulatory problems
  • skin conditions
  • snake bites

Medicinal Properties

  • antifungal
  • antimicrobial
  • anti inflammatory
  • anti viral
  • anti parasitic


  • contains lapachol + beta lapachol
  • able to kill a variety of bacteria, fungi and parasites
  • powerful and able to kill off candida albicans
  • toxic and resistant to a long list of harmful organisms


  • beta lapachol is highly toxic to harmful pathogens
  • antibacterial properties
  • shown effective in killing bacteria like e.coli


  • increases the expression of certain protein that protect the body against inflammation
  • reduces inflammation in the gut
  • beneficial in treating osteoarthritis


  • clears toxic waste from the body
  • has a loosening effect on the bowels, speeding up bowel transition time
  • helps expose candida to antifungal compounds and immune system inhibiting growth

Other benefits

  • reduce inflammation
  • fight viruses
  • treats topical skin infections
  • fights cancer
  • reduce risks of ulcer
  • relieves pain


  • don’t take if pregnant or breastfeeding
  • don’t take if suffers from blood-thinning as it will thin the blood



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