One of the best known, but least understood, herbs from the Amazonian rainforest,
pau d'arco is a key ingredient in the tribal medicine chest,
used as whole herb to treat infections, for pain, arthritis, fever, and dysentery.
Pau d'Arco (bow tree) is also known as the lapacho tree and grows in
Central and South America.
The pau d'arco bark consists of the inner bark of the tree which
is peeled and rasped 1 to 2 times a year.
The tree is a huge canopy tree which can grow up to 25 meters high and can live for 700 years. It has pink to violet colored flowers. The valuable substances in the inner bark can only be found in full concentration and optimal composition after about the 40th year of the tree's life.
Indio tribes have been using different species of this tree for medicinal purposes for centuries. Even the ancient Incas and Aztecs were already familiar with the tree's healing powers.
The species from which the medicinal drug (tea) is primarily produced for the world market is the Tabebuia impetiginosa.
Other healing attributes of pau d'arco include:
Once brewed, a batch of tea will last for 4 days without refrigeration or 8 days with refrigeration.
Taheebo tea by itself has a slightly sweet taste. You can add a little bit of lemon or cranberry juice to the tea if you wish.