Lapacho / Taheebo (Pao d'Arco)Wikipedia: Lapacho | Teaviews: lapacho-tea
Updated: Dec. 19, 2016
About Lapacho / Taheebo (Pao d'Arco)
"Lapacho" refers to both the tree and the tea, whereas "Taheebo" refers only to the tea. Lapacho is sometimes sold under the name Pau d'arco, which can be misleading because that name also refers to different but closely-related tree species.
The Handroanthus impetiginosus (Pink Trumpet) Tree
This tree has a long and diverse history of use by humans. It is widely planted as an ornamental or landscape tree, and is the national tree of Paraguay. The lumber of this tree is valuable, used to make flooring, and the search for this tree is a driving factor of deforestation in the Amazon. The species is also an important honey plant.
Health effects & medicinal useAlthough it is sometimes sold as a beverage, lapacho has mainly been used as a medicinal plant, and has been used to treat diabetes, gastric ulcers, and as a pain killer, as well as to treat cancer, tumors, and bacterial infections. One of the active ingredients, lapachol, was found to have anti-cancer properties, but was abandoned as a treatment for cancer because of toxic side-effects from a large enough dosage to fight cancer. Lapacho is best used in moderation due to this toxicity. There is evidence of reproductive toxicity in rats.
1. J. Rubén Gómez Castellanos, José M. Prieto, Michael Heinrich, Red Lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa)—A global ethnopharmacological commodity?, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Vol. 121, No. 1, Jan. 12, 2009, pp. 1-13.
2. Arvores medicinais - Pau D'arco, University of São Paulo, Retrieved Jan. 21, 2009 (in Portugese)
3. Rita de Cássia da Silveira, Martha de Oliveira Guerra, Reproductive toxicity of lapachol in adult male Wistar rats submitted to short-term treatment, Phytotherapy Research, Vol. 21, No. 7, pp. 658-662.
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Examples of Lapacho / Taheebo (Pao d'Arco)
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