Pau d’arco is a native tree to South America and it translates to “bow stick.” It received this name as native South Americans used the tree’s wood to make hunting bows. However, it was also heralded for its ability as a miraculous healer in the treatment of tumors, ulcers, and arthritis. Originally, the bark and wood of the tree were distilled to make medicinal teas with the first reports of its usage in 1843. Since then, modern science has further proven pau d’arco’s benefits and it is widely available in a number of formats from capsules to tinctures. Read on for some of its most potent benefits.
Pau D’Arco Is Antiviral and Antiparasitic
One of pau d’arco’s most powerful properties is beta-lapachone. It’s incredibly useful in preventing and fighting viruses and bacteria by inhibiting the enzymes in virus cells. This means the virus or bacteria is unable to reproduce its cells and infect other healthy cells in the body.
Pau D’Arco is A Powerful Pain Reliever
This plant medicine is not just strong — it’s smart. It tactically increases the amounts of Nrf2-target genes that live in our intestine. This helps regulate our antioxidant proteins that help our body heal from stress caused by injury and inflammation.
Pau D’Arco is Rich in Multiple Antioxidant Compounds
It takes an army to win a war and pau d’arco has assembled a team of the very best healers that tackle arthritic pain and even cancers. Some of them include quercetin, flavonoids, and carnosol.
Pau D’Arco Fights Candida
A yeast infection is a common condition and can appear in the mouth, throat, or genital region and can lead to serious health problems if untreated. Fortunately, there are many plant healers that can help revere symptoms — pau d’arco being one of them. An antifungal can help return the body to its natural pH levels. If you or a loved one are experiencing candida, make sure to check out our Womb Protector™ pelvic steaming herbs and Womb Protector™ Ritual Bundle that blends healing herbs and a steaming practice to treat yeast infections.