Botanical name: Tabebuia avellanedae
Other names: the divine tree, lapacho
Action (karma): Liver support, anti-fungal, respiratory health, blood purification, lymphatic cleaning, blood sugar regulation, cancer concern, anti-tumourous, anti-bacterial, immune system enhancer, immune system support, ross river fever, tinnitus, pain, smoker’s cough, ulcers.
Dose: Infuse 1 teaspoon of bark in 1 cup of boiled water for 15 minutes, taken once a day for best results.
Pau d’arco is one of Brazil’s best know and most used medicinal herbs, commonly used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritic inflammation, prostatitis, cystitis and for combating candida overgrowth. It is an important immune enhancer honored for thousands of years, valued as a powerful medicine and used regularly by the rainforest Indians, who highly regard it for the control of parasites.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.