Pau d'arco (Taheebo) (Tabebuia avellandedae)
Definition: Pau d'arco or taheebo, as it is also known, is relatively new to Western herbalists and is harvested from the bark of the lapacho tree in South America. It has been linked to cancer cures and at one time was investigated by the National Cancer Institute for its anticancer properties. Today it continues to be used for malignancies, especially leukemia, and is also prescribed for herpes, diabetes, arthritis and hypoglycemia. It is under current study for it possible value in treating AIDS.
Applications: AIDS, blood disorders, candida, infections, liver disease, pain (arthritis), prostate disorders, ringworm, ulcers, anemia, cancer (especially leukemia), diabetes, herpes, hypoglycemia, lupus, parasites, skin diseases (including cancer), tumors, venereal disease and yeast infections.
Scientific Updates: Some of the chemical constituents of Pau d'Arco have shown the ability to suppress tumor formation. Some researchers believe that the lapacho content of pau d'arco is one of the most important antitumor agents in the world. Pau d'arco has also proven its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Complementary Agents: Licorice, garlic, echinacea, goldenseal, black walnut, alfalfa, burdock, kelp, milk thistle, dandelion, Oregon grape, yellow dock and yerba mate.