Pau d’arco is native to South America, where it has been used to treat a wide range of conditions.
There are reports of medicinal uses of pau d’arco tea dating back to 1873, and it was used in the Amazon rainforest as a “miraculous” healer for tumors with impressive anti-inflammatory effects.
Pau d’arco, also called tabebuia avellanedae, is a canopy tree from the Bignoniaceae family with extremely hard wood.
Its name is the Portuguese word for “bow stick.” This is an appropriate term because the tree was actually used by native South Americans for making hunting bows. The bark and wood of the tree are used externally and internally to treat: arthritis pain inflammation of the prostate gland fever dysentery boils ulcers various cancers.
One of the easiest ways to use pau d’arco is by consuming a tea made from the inner bark of pau d’arco or applying the tea water to the skin.