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Pau D’ Arco

Pau D’Arco is a botanical enigma. Despite its rather sultry climate, this tree does not grow fungus. Its bark contains lapachol and beta-lapachone, two compounds with important properties that help account for its traditional use in supporting the immune system and supporting healthy microflora. In order to protect endangered species, Nature’s Sunshine only works with a highly reputable Brazilian partner that has been legally harvesting pau d’arco for more than 20 years. 

  • Assists in detoxification 
  • Supports the immune system 
  • Is traditionally used to support healthy microflora 
  • Supports the immune system.
  • May provide a source of antioxidants.
  • Traditionally used to combat harmful organisms.
  • Assists detoxification process.

How It Works

The pau d’arco tree grows in the rain forests of Brazil. Unlike other trees in its midst, pau d’arco does not develop fungus growth, even though it grows in the most lush tropical rainforests in the world. Pau d’arco contains a chemical called lapachol, which may account for the herb’s traditional use in supporting the immune system.

Why Our Pau D’Arco?

This botanical has been used by many cultures to support the immune system in specific and valuable ways. Its active components, including lapachol, may provide important properties that benefit immune health. Research indicates that pau d’arco extract seems to smother microbes, not allowing them to get the oxygen and energy they need to thrive. Harvesting pau d’arco is no easy task, but it’s worth the trouble. Pau d’arco wood is extremely popular as a building material, and because of this, the trees have been over harvested. They are an endangered and protected species in Brazil. Their government closely regulates the harvest and requires a permit for anyone to transport, trade or export any part of the tree. Nature’s Sunshine works with experienced Brazilian partners with whom we have done business for more than two decades. They ensure that the inner bark material—a by-product from a legal wood harvest—is carefully and legally acquired and shipped. 

Several communities prized this botanical nutrient for its benefits. According to records, it was used by the Incas, the Kallawayas, and other native South American groups for its many healing properties. Pau d’arco is Portuguese for “bow tree.” That makes sense when you realize that its dense, rot-resistant wood makes excellent hunting bows and the natives harvested it for just that. Its Latin name Tabebuia heptaphylla led to the nickname taheebo. Many people from the region are familiar with taheebo tea. It is called lapacho, no doubt a reference to lapachol. For immune support that’s right on target, choose Pau D’Arco.


Pau d’arco inner bark.

Pau d’arco Tea

Liquid herb contains extract of inner bark.


Take 2 capsules with a meal three

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 For more information Contact:

Karen Olerich, Herb Specialist
Phone: (719) 495-4930

Web:  Nature’s Sunshine Products

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