Information on Pau d'arco

Latin NameTabebuia spp.
Other NamesIpe roxo, Taheebo
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, tea bag, bulk herb,
AffectsImmune system, Integumentary system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA large tree in the bignonia family from South America from the Bignonia family with large two-lipped pink or yellow flowers. Widely planted as an ornamental tree.
DescriptionPau d'arco is a South American herb renowned for its anti-fungal, anti-candida, and cancer-fighting properties. Its active ingredient, lapachol, has been shown to inhibit tumor growth. In studies the herb has been shown to have a moderate immune stimulating response. Pau d'arco is the inner bark of a tree from the Bignoniaceae family and contains quinones that are strongly antibacterial and anti-fungal.

Pau D'arco has a taste of ASTRINGENT, AROMATIC and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 3 x daily
Tincture1-3 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Pau d'arco

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Candidiasisantifungaltincture, tea, capsule, tablet
Thrushantifungaltea, tincture
Infectionsantibactialtea, tincture


McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.