Tabebuia impetiginosa (also known as Pau d'arco bark) contains the active constituents Lapachol and Beta-lapachone, which are also known as naphthaquinones. Laboratory tests have demonstrated that both Lapachol and Beta-lapachone have the ability to maintain healthy systemic fungal and yeast levels. (Awang DVC, Dawson BA, Ethier JC, et al. “Naphthoquinone constituents of commercial lapacho/pau d’arco/taheebo products”. J Herbs Spices Med Plants 1994;2:27–43).
Taheebo tea is derived from the inner bark of the Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa (Taheebo) tree grown in South America. Taheebo tea has been used for centuries by the Indio tribes of South America. The ancient Incas and Aztecs probably were the first to be familiar with the herbs healing powers.
Taheebo has a specific phytonutrient, lapachol (also known as lapachic acid, taiguic acid, tecomin and greenhartin), that supports the immune system. Approximately 15 quinone compounds have been found in the heartwood of Tabebuia impetiginosa, including lapachol, B-lapachone (both naphthoquinones), and tebebuin (an anthroquinone).
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