Pau d’Arco Bark (Tabebuia impetiginosa) is a well-known Amazonian rainforest herb. One of the best known, but least understood, herbs from the Amazon Rainforest, Pau d’Arco is a key ingredient in the tribal medicine chest.
The Pau d’Arco tree is a huge canopy tree that grows up to 125 feet high, with pink to violet colored flowers. Its history of use is thought to go back to the Incas, and several tribes have been using it to make bows for centuries. Several native names in fact mean “bow stick” or “bow stem”.
Taken as a tea, tincture or encapsulated. A great deal of practical evidence shows that Pau d’Arco can be used to treat colds, flu, sore throat, & yeast infections.
There’s also laboratory evidence that it contains compounds that protect against tropical diseases, such as malaria & tropical fevers.
Added to ointments to treat psoriasis. Like Cat’s Claw, Pau d’Arco tincture should be taken in water with a little lemon juice so that the tannins can be absorbed through the colon.