Pau D'Arco is a huge canopy tree native to the Amazon rainforest and other tropical parts of South and Latin America. It is also commonly called lapacho. T. impetiginosa is known for its attractive purple flowers and often is called “purple lapacho.” It has been the preferred species employed in herbal medicine. It is often referred to by its other botanical name, Tabebuia avellanedae; both refer to the same tree. Other pau d'arco species produce yellow ( T. serratifolia and T. chrysantha ), pink ( T. heptaphylla ), or white ( T. bahamensis ) flowers. Pau D'Arco has a long and well-documented history of use by the indigenous peoples of South America. The name Pau D'Arco locally means “bow-stick,” reflecting the use of pau d'arco wood for centuries by several indigenous tribes of the rainforest to make their hunting bows.
Doctors and healing specialists throughout the world now recommend Pau d'Arco tea for the treatment of many diseases, reflecting a long history in herbal medicine around the world. It has been traditionally used by indigenous cultures for many ailments:
- it is considered to be antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and laxative
- it is used to treat ulcers, syphilis, urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal problems, candida and yeast infections, cancer, diabetes, prostatitis, constipation, allergies, cancer, leukemia, diabetes, candida, rheumatism, arthritis, dysentery, stomatitis, and boils
Cat's Claw, locally called Una de Gato, is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and other tropical areas of South and Central America. It is a vine with thorns that resemble at cat's claw. Extracts from the bark and roots of Cat's Claw is used in treatments for a variety of conditions, mostly gastrointestinal. Cat's Claw has long been used as a homeopathic treatment for intestinal ailments, including: Crohn's disease, gastric ulcers and tumors, parasites, colitis, gastritis, diverticulitis and leaky bowel syndrome.
The immuno-stimulant properties of Cat's Claw help the body fight off infections and protect against degenerative diseases. By stimulating the immune system, it can also improve response to viral and respiratory infections. It has also anti-inflammatory properties which counters the bronchial oedema.
Essential Living Foods provides Cat’s Claw as a powder or tea cut