Pau DArco tea is made from the inner and outer bark (and sometimes the heartwood) of a rain forest canopy tree native to the Amazon, as well as tropical regions of South America.
It is also referred to as taheebo, lapacho, and trumpet tree among many other names as well.
Preparation and Uses of Pau Arco Tea
To make an effective Pau DArco tea, simply prepare a decoction as follows:
1 quart of pure water
4 teaspoons Pau DArco loose dried bark
Place water and Pau DArco bark in a pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat slightly and let it simmer at a very gently rolling boil for 20 minutes.
Drink 1 cup of this tea (hot or cold) anywhere from two to eight times a day. You can also use this decoction, once it has cooled to room temperature, as a topical treatment for fungal skin infections (soak a cloth in the liquid and apply as a compress to the infected areas). You can also use it as a douche or enema solution for the treatment of internal yeast overgrowth.
Drinking Pau DArco tea can cause some die-off symptoms due to its anti-fungal nature. Please start with a low dose and increase gradually.
The lumber of the Pau DArco tree is prized for its strength, and is used for building boats, houses, tools and bows used for hunting by some indigenous rainforest peoples.
It has been used as an herbal medicine dating as far back as the time of the Incas. In the more recent past (during the past 50 years or so) Pau D Arco, and certain isolated phytochemical compounds of the plant (lapachol and beta lapachone, for instance), have been tested extensively in medical and scientific laboratory environments.
Results of these tests have documented effective anti-cancerous, anti-tumor and anti-leukemic properties. Most importantly for our information on this website, this tea is a potent antifungal, and is used in many parts of the world to treat Candida and other fungal infections.
Interestingly, the plant in “whole form” (such as the shavings used for making tea) is shown to have a wider range of healing effects and less side effects than the isolated compounds.
When you purchase Pau DArco Tea, make sure you trust the seller’s knowledge of this plant and its origin of sale. There are many species of the Pau D Arco tree, some with less healthful benefits than the truly medicinal variety of tree (Tabebuia impetiginosa, synonym = Tabgebuia avellanedae). In fact, there are over ten different species of Pau D Arco currently being logged in the South American lumber industry.
The Pau DArco products sold in the US as medicinal herbal teas are sometimes no more than the bark shavings of these many varieties of logged trees, occasionally even mixed with mahogany bark, which has a similar color and aroma to the bark of the Pau D Arco tree.
Be sure the label says ”Tabebuia avellanedae”or “Tabebuia impetiginosa”, and/or once again – don’t buy it unless you trust the source.
When you’ve got the “real deal” you’ve got a lot a potent antimicrobial, anti fungal, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory and an analgesic (pain reliever).
If you would like read more on the subject, try www.pubmed.gov and type the words “pau d’arco” into the search window.