Purple IPE


Purple ipe: medicinal plant native to South America used mainly against fungal infections and sometimes for cancer prevention (there is controversy over this indication, see below), often in the form of a decoction.


Name: purple ipe, pink ipe, black ipe, broadleaf pink ipe, pink ipe, pink ipe, smooth bark purple ipe, ball purple ipe, large purple ipe, ipeúna, purple-flowered ipe, mines ipe, Pau Dog, Pau Darco, Pink Pau Darco, Purple Pau Darco, Piúna, Black Piúva, Lapacho
Binomial name: Tabebuia impetiginosa
French name: lapacho , iperoxo , pau d’arco, arbre sacré des Incas
English name: lapacho, pink Ipê, taheebo , pau d’arco
German name: lapacho
Italian name: lapacho
Spanish name: lapacho rosado




Calcium, magnesium, Lapachol (lapachon), tannins, coenzyme Q and alkaloids.

parts used



Strengthens the immune system (immunostimulant), fungicide, bactericide, astringent.


– Cold and flu

– Fungal infections, candidiasis

– Cancer (prevention, this effect is still the subject of controversy)

– Small wounds (wounds)

Secundary effects

None known.


Pregnancy, people taking blood thinners, please read the package insert.


Blood thinners (ask your doctor or pharmacist), please read the package insert.


-“Tea”, or rather decoction (more precise term, because it is necessary to boil the mixture)

– Capsule

– Tincture

Where does it grow?

The purple Ipê originates in Latin America, particularly in the Andes, they always grow in these parts of the South American continent, between Mexico and northern Argentina.

When to harvest?

The bark of the purple ipe tree is harvested every year from wild trees in Latin America.


– Also known as Lapacho (word coming from Spanish), it is a medicinal plant of South American origin, particularly in the western area of ​​Latin America, where Spanish is spoken, especially the Andes Mountains. For hundreds of years the shamans of these regions have used it for therapeutic purposes, but it is only in recent decades that scientists have tried to explain in a more rational way the virtues of this medicinal plant.

– In some countries in South America, doctors recommend cancer patients to undergo treatment with purple ipe decoction, obviously in conjunction with other treatments. They believe that purple ipe stimulates the immune system and can have a positive effect on the side effects of chemotherapy. However, its indication against cancer is still somewhat controversial and varies according to the source, Create health will keep you informed of the evolution of investigations on this plant. In our opinion, currently there is still a lack of reliable studies on the indication against cancer (even as a complementary treatment).

Often treatment with purple Ipe decoction for several weeks leads to increased concentration of red blood cells and white blood cells. Having more red blood cells improves overall oxygenation (more breathing, etc…).

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