Pau d’arco contains significant amounts of the antioxidant quercetin, along with naphthoquinones lapachol and beta-lapachone. These compounds lend to the bark’s antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. In many traditional South American and Caribbean cultures, Pau d’arco has long been used as a tonic, for toothaches, malaria, common colds, and insect bites.
anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral
quercetin, lapachol, beta-lapachone
Pau d’arco can be taken as a decoction, prepared by gently simmering the plant matter for about 15 minutes, or powdered and swallowed such as in a smoothie, or added to capsules. Starting dose may be about 1 tsp for decoctions or 1/4 tsp for swallowing whole.
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