Benefits of Pau d’Arco

If you’re looking for a great all-round herbal supplement, look no further.

Pau d’Arco extract (Tabebuia impetiginosa) is derived from the bark of a giant hardwood tree native to the Amazon rainforest in South America. Also known as 'Purple Lapacho', infusions prepared from the bark of Pau d'Arco trees have been used by many rainforest tribes for over two thousand years.

Today, Pau d’Arco is still popular with the modern populations of Peru and Brazil, and increasingly so in the Western world. The question is, why?

Pau d’Arco infusions are most commonly drank as a tea, but can also be used as a footbath! It is reported that Pau d’Arco’s antibacterial properties make it an ideal herbal remedy for Athlete’s Foot.

Pau d’Arco contains compounds which protect against harmful organisms, including quinoids, benzenoids, flavonoids and lapachol. Protecting against these organisms boosts the immune system and supports the body’s defences, meaning you’re less likely to get ill.

One of the key actives is selenium; an antioxidant which removes free radicals from the body that damage cells and trigger disease. Selenium defends against inflammation, helping to reduce arthritic pain and reducing the risk of health conditions like asthma, arthritis and Crohn’s disease.