Pau D’Arco

(tabebuia avellanedae)

Various related species of pau d’arco trees grow in rain forests throughout Latin America. The bark is used for medical purposes.

Native peoples in Central and South America reportedly use pau d’arco bark to treat cancer, lupus, infectious diseases, wounds, and many other health conditions. Caribbean folk healers use the leaf of this tree in addition to the bark for the treatment of backache, toothache, sexually transmitted diseases, and as an aphrodisiac.

What it does

Studies have shown that the active napthoquinones in pau d’arco exert strong bactericidal and fungicidal activity. These compounds are particularly active against pathogens such as Candida albicans and trichophyton mentagrophtes. Lapachol, the key active component has demonstrated a significant activity against a number of disease-causing parasites.

Potential Uses

Candida Oral thrush Vaginal thrush
Parasitic infections Prostatitis

Other information

Pau d’arco is used by herbalist to treat a variety of infections and is one of the most popular treatments for candidiasis infections in natural medicine.


Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Pau d’arco is not recommended in high doses in cases of excessive bleeding or when taking prescribed anti-coagulant drugs such as warfarin.

Highly concentrated extracts of Pau d’arco my cause nausea, vomiting and bleeding.


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