The ant tree (Tabuebuia imretiginosa) is also known as pink ipe and lapacho. The tree plant belongs to the genus Tabebuille (Nndroanthus) and the Bignonius family.
Botanical description and range of ant tree
Deciduous tree, with a height of aboveground parts up to 30 m and a diameter of up to a meter. A third of the total height is represented by the stem, and two-thirds is a crown with long branches. The crown is large, spherical in shape, sometimes quite rare. The foliage of the plant is unpaired, elliptical, with notches at the edges.
The hard bark has a brownish-gray color and is difficult to separate. The inner layer of wood has a very pleasant yellowish coloration. No knots. The wood contains a significant amount of tannin, but such material is very rarely used for the manufacture of furniture. Flowering tree is observed from July to September, and comes before the leaves open. Large flowers, tubular, with pink or purple, sometimes white petals. Box fruits with a few winged seeds.
Application of ant tree bark
Composition and beneficial properties of ant tree bark
The composition of plant materials is represented by numerous vitamins, lipids and essential microelements, as well as proteins, tannins, flavonoids and plant fiber. Due to its chemical composition, bark is widely used in the treatment of:
- acute bronchopulmonary pathologies, including bronchitis, tracheitis, pneumonia and asthma;
- gastritis, peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, as well as cholecystitis;
- diseases of the genitourinary organs, represented by pyelonephritis, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, polypous growths, sexually transmitted diseases, inflammation of the cervix;
- inflammatory processes of various etiologies;
- blood diseases, including iron deficiency anemia;
- fungal infections;
- inflammatory processes in the joints;
- skin diseases represented by acne, eczema, boils, psoriasis and dermatoses;
- diabetes mellitus;
- atherosclerotic changes;
- pathologies associated with cardiovascular failure;
- disorders of the biliary tract, including pancreatitis.
Such a plant material was used as a very effective and effective medicine by the ancient Incas, but even today it does not lose its relevance, therefore it is an ingredient in many folk remedies and dietary supplements.
Ant tree bark in folk medicine
In folk medicine, not only the laxative, antioxidant, analgesic, antimicrobial, antiparasitic and antifungal effects are very actively used, but also the antiviral, antitumor, diuretic and soothing properties of plant materials. Properly prepared medicine allows you to get the maximum effect in a very short time. However, the dosage of all components during preparation must be very strictly observed, and the finished product must also be taken correctly.
Properties of ant tree bark
Ant tree bark in medicines and dietary supplements
Especially popular in our country and abroad is the drug Rau d'Arco. Such a medicine is a very effective herbal antibiotic with a wide spectrum of action and a natural corrector of immunity. The basis of the drug is lapachol. Such a substance has very high rates of biological activity. One capsule contains:
- lapacho bark - 485 mg;
- astragalus - 5 mg;
- garlic - 5 mg;
- chlorophyll - 5 mg.
Pills based on bark with selenium are also available. Such a composition is perfect for combating cancer, helps to remove heavy metals from the body, helps to strengthen the immune system and reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular pathologies. In accordance with the instructions, the drug is taken at 500 mg or one capsule three times a day. To increase immunity, it is imperative to undergo an annual course a couple of preventive courses of dietary supplement intake.
How to brew lapacho
In traditional medicine, the bark of an ant tree is most often used in the form of a healing tea drink. For the independent preparation of such a drink, it is necessary to pour about three or four teaspoons of the prepared plant material with a liter of boiling water, then boil for about five minutes over low heat and insist for about half an hour at room temperature. For preventive and therapeutic purposes, it is enough to take one and a half glasses of such a healthy drink during the day.
Contraindication of ant tree bark
Before making a decision on taking medications or folk remedies based on lapacho bark, you must carefully read the contraindications, as well as get advice from your doctor. Important to rememberthat it is strictly forbidden to use such drugs simultaneously with coagulants, including aspirin and thromboass, since such a combination often causes sufficiently strong and prolonged bleeding.
How to brew an ant tree bark
In view of the lack of data and sufficient knowledge of the composition of the bark of the ant tree and its effect on the body, caution in the use of such funds should be observed by persons who have a history of severe chronic diseases with severe impairment of functions. Among other things, funds based on lapacho bark, including a tea drink based on such plant materials, are contraindicated for use during pregnancy and lactation, very young children, and also if there is a history of poor blood coagulation.