a.k.a. Pau D’Arco, Ipe Roxo, Tecoma Curialis and Taheebo)
wondrous natural substance from the amazon and
mountainous parts of South America
Two articles in the Spotlight magazine in the early 1980's brought
a lot of popularity and national attention to this wondrous
herbal preparation. Lapacho is an amazing extract from the inner
bark of the Lapacho tree which grows in the warmer parts of
South America, mainly the amazon jungles of Brazil and the mountainous
regions of northern Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. In Brazil
they call it the divine tree because of the health benefits
it is known to give to the native people. The Guarani, Tupi
and other tribes called the Lapacho tree "Tajy," meaning
"to have strength and vigor."
Lapacho is an oziniferous tree. It grows where there is an abundance
of ozone. Ozone air is fresh and pure and free from pollution,
smog, exhaust, smoke and pesticides.
Herbs are miraculous foods. Throughout the width and breadth
of the earth there exist plants with amazing abilities. They
grow and blossom and concentrate valuable healing nutrients
within their tissues. There is widespread use of herbal remedies
in the folklore of tribal populations and many civilized countries
as well. Even the Bible recommends the use of herbs for their
potent substances contain unique ratios of minerals, vitamins,
and salts that naturally supports the body’s immune system,
strengthens tissues and improves the nervous system. Lapacho
may be the most wondrous herb in all of nature. Through its
inimitable nutritional composition which is governed by principles
in nature, Lapacho naturally possesses mild anti-malarial, antibiotic,
antiviral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory,
analgesic, decongestant and sedative effects. Note: this
information is only intended to be used for a discussion on
the nutritional properties of Lapacho. It is not a recommendation
to use Lapacho in the treatment of these classes of diseases.
Do not replace FDA approved drugs which are indicated in the
treatment of these diseases .
This wonderous herb has a regulatory action upon digestive
functions, bolsters pancreatic function, stimulates the appetite
and acts as a general tonic. Upon spreading throughout the
body, it revitalizes it by creating new vital elements and
new normal cells. It gives the body greater vitality by strengthening
its organic defenses. As a blood tonic, Lapacho contributes
to the proper assimilation of nutrients and elimination of
wastes, thereby facilitating the orderly multiplication of
Part of the effectiveness of Lapacho may stem from its observed
ability to stimulate the production of red blood cells in
bone marrow. Lapacho is a blood builder which increases the
hemoglobin content and the number of red corpuscles. Increased
red blood cell production would improve the oxygen-carrying
capacity of the blood. This, in turn, could have important
implications for the health of tissues throughout the body.
Also needed for oxygen transport by red cells
is iron. The bark contains a high percentage of assimilable
iron. It can be taken in mass doses and combined with other
medications. It can also be given to children as well.
As a detoxifier, Lapacho acts upon the nervous system, to
alleviate mild anxiety states. In its broad action, it puts
the body in a defensive posture, giving it the energy it needs
to naturally defend itself.
Lapacho is also a very powerful antioxidant. In fact, among
the antioxidants, few have greater potency than lapachol and
the other constituents of Lapacho. In vitro trials show definite
inhibition of free radicals and inflammatory leukotrienes
by lapacho constituents. Anti-oxidants, or free-radical scavengers,
have emerged as premier candidates for the role of healers
Dietemann Research Foundation, Inc., of Los Angeles, California,
found in extract samples that Lapacho is stimulating to the
alimentary tract through the rectum and then back to the liver,
gall bladder and sweat glands. The sweat glands are relief
valves for the stomach, lungs and heart. The stimulation of
this herb helps keep these glands open, operating well and
warns the body when the adrenal glands are under stress.
Composition of Lapacho
The extract of Lapacho consists of many naphtaquinones
of the ortho structure (ortho-quinones) which are similar
to those in the Cantron formulation. These compounds play
a critical role in cellular respiration.
Lapachol is just one of a number of plant
substances known as napthaquinones (N-factors) that occur
in lapacho. Anthraquinones, or A-factors, comprise another
important class of compounds. The N-factors are not common
except in herbal tonics. Seldom do both N- and A-factors occur
in the same species. Several of the remarkable properties
of Lapacho may be due to a probable synergy between A- and
The famous William Koch, Ph.D., M.D., said that there are
over 100 species of Lapacho. “The medicinally active
Lapachos are napthoquinones of the ortho structure. They have
very low oxidation reduction potentials.” This is the
reason Lapacho may have an important effect on cellular respiration
similar to that of the Cantron formulation which is available
through Medical Research Products.
As early as 1864 researchers at Bayer Laboratories isolated
and identified a quinone in Lapacho, naming it lapachol. Dr.
Meyer, of the National University of Tucuman, Argentina, was
one of the first modern scientists on record to have studied
Lapacho’s chemical composition. In the early 1960's,
Dr. Meyer isolated another one of Lapacho’s active principles
and found in it a quinone which he called xlyoidin. Other
effective quinones in Lapacho are betalapachone and dehydrolapachone.
The bark contains at least 20 other active compounds, including
quercetin and various flavonoids, whose effects are not yet
Another compound - Quechua - was also isolated from Lapacho.
The Cancer Institute has this report in "Cancer Chemotherapy
Reports" Part 2, Vol. 4, No. 4, Dec. 1974: "...Pau
D'Arco (Lapacho) contains quechua, a substance found to be
a powerful antibiotic with virus-killing properties.”
This may explain why the Lapacho tree is the only type of
vegetation known that will not permit the development of fungus.
Most plant life when exposed to water and weather become covered
with spores which lead to fungus formation. This doesn't occur
with Lapacho. The tree has an uncommon resistance.
The following elements in Lapacho have been detected by x-ray
spectroscopy: barium, strontium, bromine and iodine. These
elements exert an electrical charge. They are believed to
act on the human cell through a system of ionization by residual
alpha rays and cosmic radiation.
R.C. Pilsner, D.Sc. and licensed nutrition specialist, writes,
"Being a biochemist, I have researched and analyzed many
elements for their nutrient value and their peculiar selective
actions on...organs and tissues." Pilsner has discovered
that certain herbs emit an ultraviolet wave known as Gurwich
rays. These rays stimulate cell metabolism and the body's
own ability to rejuvenate itself. He believes that herbs emitting
the Gerwich rays include Lapacho. Pilsner has subjected Lapacho
to rigorous laboratory tests and recommends daily use as a
No isolated component of Lapacho comes anywhere close to being
equal to the combined activity of all constituents, or, in
other words, to the whole herb. The whole is greater than
the sum of its parts.
Sulfurous compounds when combined with lapacho might provide
a catalytic base for the transformation of lapachol to beta-lapachone,
and hence increase the effectiveness of the Lapacho herb.
As Cantron and MSM contains sulfur, they may be synergistic
adjuncts to Lapacho. In this light it is interesting to note
that native folklore teaches that an herb called Yerbamate
which contains ample sulfur and iron is a catalyst for Lapacho.
Many of the natives used yerbamate along with Lapacho.
While there are numerous varieties of Lapacho trees
in South America, only the inner lining of the tree
has known value. It is this inner lining (or phloem)
which carries nutrients made by the leaves to other
parts of the tree and is, with the cambium layer (where
all the new cells are produced) the "life"
of the tree.
Not only is the inner
bark is much more potent than the outer bark but it
is equally important to select mature trees. Premature
trees do not contain adequate quantities of the active
ingredients. It takes 20 years for a Lapacho tree
to become nutritionally active.
There are many companies
offering inferior Lapacho. Unscrupulous suppliers
have found it very profitable to grind up both the
inner and worthless, bitter outer bark, and sometimes
the entire tree, often without regard as to whether
or not it was the correct Lapacho or a mature tree.
This adulterated or even worthless material is shipped
to unwary American packagers and is sold to the public
as Pau d'arco, Taheebo, Ipe Roxo or Lapacho.
Fortunately, there is
also very high quality Lapacho in the U.S. The challenge
facing the consumer, in order to achieve maximum effectiveness,
is to know which of all the brands available is truly
100% inner lining of the Red or Purple Lapacho Tree.
We have imported our Lapacho from the same reputable
supplier in Brazil since 1981. Our Lapacho utilizes
only the inner bark of mature red and purple Lapacho
trees and is an extremely high quality product.
Add 10 drops to a liquid beverage
preferably in a Willard’s Water mixture and
take 3 times per day on an empty stomach.
2 oz. Bottle of Liquid
Extract of Lapacho
1 bottle $15.00
4 bottles ($14.00 each) 56.00
12 bottles ($13.00 each) $156.00
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