Can Pau’ d’arco fight CANCER?
Pau D’Arco makes a delicately scented, mild tea but it’s chemical properties that act against cancer are anything but mild and delicate.
Pau D’Arco is a tree, growing in the southern rain forests of Brazil and Argentina. Pau D’Arco contains active quinone compounds which have been studied extensively for their potential use in pharmaceutical agents for cancer treatment.
Native healers have used the inner bark of this tree for thousands of years to inhibit and slow the growth of cancers and tumors. It was reportedly used in “South American hospitals and clinics to treat leukemia … Dr. Theodore Meyer of Argentina reported five leukemia victims were completely cured of cancer by Pau D’Arco” (Tierra, 1998).
Pau D’Arco has many names; Tabebuia Impetiginosa, Tabebuia Heptaphylla Lapachol, Purple Lapachol, Tabebuia, and Taheebo.