Pau d’Arco tincture is derived from the bark extract of Pau d’Arco tree also known as Ipe Roxo, Lapacho, Trumpet Brush or Ipes. Extracted from the cortex of the Lapacho tree, native in the ozone-pure heights of Andes in South America, Pau d’Arco is a reputed powerful herb. The tree is purple in color and is considered to be the ‘divine tree’ and ‘giver of life’ by the Incas. The locals also used it as a primary medicine in treating common illnesses.
Pau d’Arco has been used as a herbal medicine throughout the world today. A certain compound called quinones, which naturally occurs in plants and animals has been found in Pau d’Arco extract. It is found to be potent against a variety of disease-causing microorganisms such as S. aureus, anthrax, dysentery and tuberculosis. Researchers also discovered some unique components in the tree bark namely Lapachol and Beta-lapachone, having anti-tumor properties. Pau d’Arco acts as an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial and astringent agent.
Several ailments Pau d’Arco is recognized to be effective against include diabetes, allergies, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, syphilis and constipation, to name a few. Moreover, it is considered to be antioxidant, analgesic and antiviral. It can be applied topically to treat boils, psoriasis and skin ulcerations. When taken internally, research shows its efficacy in treatment of fever, infections, allergies, liver disease, common cold and flu. Other promising diseases that the herb may treat/help include arthritis, cancer, prostatitis and circulation-related illnesses as well as ulcers, candida and yeast infections. Cancer patients who were under chemotherapy and taking Pau d’Arco found that the tincture seemed to fortify the efficacy of drugs and reduced harmful side effects.
Pau d’Arco tincture can be used in several ways. In treating severe cases of psoriasis, you can apply the tincture by gently dabbing the affected areas of the body and applying Pau d’Arco compress thereafter. For sore spots on the skin, moisten the bandage with Pau d’Arco tincture and apply a compress soaked in a strong Lapacho tea. To treat warts, place a compress soaked in tincture to the afflicted areas every night before bedtime and leave it overnight. Keep continuing the process until the wart disappears.
Just like cat’s claw, Pau d’Arco tincture must be taken with water and a little lemon juice so its tannin content will be absorbed in the colon. A number of naturopathic doctors suggest taking Pau d’Arco in capsule or tablet form for maximum absorption of the active component lapachol. However, holistic herbal experts recommend taking the tincture form mixed in water and lemon juice for utmost absorption of the optimum range of the medicinal compounds.
The recommended dosage for commercially sold Pau d’Arco tincture may vary depending on the manufacturer, but a common recommended dosage of Lapacho tincture is available for users to follow. For adults, add 30 drops or 1 ml of tincture on water or juice and take one cup two to three times per day. For children below 14 years old, add to the water only three quarters of the adult dose and for children below 10, give one-half of the adult dose or 15 drops mixed in water or juice.