Pau d'Arco Background
Pau d'Arco is an herb that has been used for centuries, with claims that it treats ailments of many varieties, as well as that it promotes general health. The herb was used by the ancient Incas, Aztecs, Indio tribes of Brazil, and other groups. Toothaches, backaches, and other diseases are among those that were claimed to be treated by using this herb.
The term Pau d'Arco, translated from Portuguese (whose people had colonized Brazil), basically refers to two terms: wood (pau) and bow (arco). The name is fitting as the tree was used for that very purpose. Therefore, in addition to medicinal uses, the wood from Tabebuia has also been beneficial in other ways.
Voislav Todorovic, a scientist hailing from (the former) Yugoslavia, claims to have evidence that Pau d'Arco was used by two other groups: one being the Russians, and the other being the Vikings.
In 1884, E. Paterno isolated lapachol as the active ingredient in Pau d'Arco. Lapachol's chemical structure was established in 1896 by Samuel C. Hooker. Later, in 1927, Louis F. Fieser was able to synthesize the lapachol.
Pau d'Arco's proposed medicinal qualities recaptured attention during the 1960's. At that time, a physician in Brazil made claims about this plant, including that it could be used to relieve pain, raise the amount of red blood cells in a patient's blood, and in other ways.
Since then, it has been further studied by other researchers. Results have come in that claim to show the that this herb is effective as a medicine in multiple ways. Discussion of it has taken place in various avenues. However, just because someone, somewhere wrote a claim doesn't mean that it's accurate. Talk with your doctor if you want advice from a professional, and also ask him about precautions to consider.
Later, Pau d'Arco began to be sold in health and wellness stores in the United States. You might find it in locations such as vitamin and supplement outlets. Today, with the rise of the Internet, Pau d'Arco can even be purchased online, from the comfort of one's own desk, or even bed. Visit our Buying Pau d'Arco page to learn more about what is important to keep in mind when making the purchase, and where you can buy from quality manufacturers and distributors.
Pau d'arco may be purchased in teas, capsules, tablets, salves, liquid extracts, and powder. It is commonly known under many other names, such as lapacho, ipe roxo, taheebo, tahuari, and others.