Pau d’arco is a South American herb known as Lapacho. It comes from the rain forests and mountains of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. We have known about this plant for almost 100 years, yet efforts to import medicinally active Pau d’arco have failed more than they have succeeded. In spite of the difficulties, the interest remains extremely high, because this plant holds great promise for the effective treatment of cancers such as leukemia, candida and other troublesome infections, debilitating diseases including arthritis as well as a host of other complaints.
Modern research information on Lapacho:
Due to the presence of the napthaquinones and anthraquinones regular users of Pau d’arco will maintain regularity of bowel movements. A moderate oozing of the bowels that leads to greater regularity without any unpleasant side-effect such as diarrhea has been reported. Pau d’arco research has been conducted in the United States and other countries in relation to its ability in treating cancer; it has been found to ameliorate the course of cancer without side effects and a treatment of choice even in conjunction with standard forms of therapy.
Pau d’arco’s constituents or groups of constituents have been found to suppress tumor formation and reduce tumor viability, both in experimental clinical trials involving human patients. Some researchers feel that Pau d’arco is one of the most important antitumor agents in the entire world. This effectiveness may stem from its observed ability to stimulate the production of red blood cells in bone marrow (increased red blood cell production would improve the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, and this in turn, could have important implications for the health of tissues throughout the body).
Modern science has recently uncovered the importance of free radicals in the formation of many debilitating diseases, from cancer to arthritis. These molecules are even heavily implicated in the normal aging process. Reversing their action has become big business the world over. Antioxidants, or free-radical scavengers, have emerged as premier candidates for the role of healers and disease-preventers. Among the antioxidants few have greater potency than Pau d’arco and its constituents. Many reports coming from South American clinics have seen a lessening of pain associated with several types of cancer, especially cancer of the prostate, liver, or breast. Leukemia has proven particularly responsive to applications of Pau d’arco and several of its constituents. Arthritic pain has also been relieved with Pau d’arco ingestion.
Antimicrobial & antiparasitic effects: Two troublesome families of viruses inhibited by Pau d’arco are noteworthy: Herpes viruses and HIV. Together, these viruses account for much of the misery of mankind. One of the strongest actions of Pau d’arco is against viruses (from those that cause the common cold to those that are responsible for AIDS). It has been shown to actively inhibit, kill or stunt the growth of several dangerous viruses, including herpes virus hominis type I and II, polio virus, vesicular stomatitis virus, avian myeloblastosis virus, rauscho murine leukemia virus, friend virus, and rous sarcoma virus. Pau d’arco components have been intensely studied in terms of their action against two rather nasty parasites: Schistosoma mansoni and Trypanosoma cruzi, both responsible for considerable disease and misery in tropical countries. Pau d’arco was effective against both.
Serving Size 2 Capsules Servings per Container 50
(*) Daily Value not established.
Pau d'arco, powdered (Tabebuia
heptaphylla) (inner bark)
Amount per serving
% Daily Value
(**) Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Other ingredients: Stearic acid.
Contains no yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, or preservatives.