LAPACHO - HEALTH BENEFITS
Pau d'arco bark comes from the inner layer of bark on the pink flowering lapacho tree native to the South American Amazonian rainforest regions where it has been used as a therapeutic herbal tea by indigenous cultures for centuries.
The tree is made up of a very hard wood and tough exterior that is resistant to many diseases. Likewise, the bark inside this surface layer is a strong immune system modulator, optimizing immune response with certain compounds like the active ingredient called lapachol.
The bark tea or extract is used as a potent medicinal herb for its natural antibiotic properties, eliminating potentially harmful bacteria and yeast from the body, while supporting the growth of beneficial microbial strains.
It is not technically an adaptogen, but works on the secretory immune system or the body's first line of defense against pathogenic organisms. Adaptogens specifically function on deeper immune reserves and are more beneficial when taken for extended periods of time. Pau d'arco on the other hand, as a purifying herb, is best used for short periods of time to heal certain immune associated disorders.
It can be used with many of the major tonics or Ayurvedic herbs, but is best used by itself or with other cleansing herbs when dealing with conditions like candida overgrowth, parasites or autoimmune related diseases.
Pau d'arco is beneficial as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for a wide range of conditions such as arthritis, prostatitis, ulcers and also may be effective as an antitumor agent. In research investigations studying other specific components, like cyclopentene dialdehydes and beta-lapachone, results showed reduced inflammation as well as the ability to inhibit angiogenesis and slow tumor cell growth. red and ruby wears for prom party
Some of the primary constituents in the bark, composed of quinones, flavonoids, like quercetin, and a number of glycoside compounds, are very potent antifungal and antiviral complexes. These specific attributes make it a top cleansing herb for candida and yeast overgrowth, fungal and viral infections in addition to skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema.
Pau d'arco works also as a blood purifier which is one of the reasons is it effective for many skin conditions. Blood cleansing herbs assist liver functions and help to clear out toxic immune inhibiting yeast and fungal strains that can lead to epidermal breakouts and issues.
Many herbalists around the world use pau d'arco bark extracts or tea formulas for a number of fungal conditions including athlete's foot, ringworm, thrush, rashes or nail fungus.