Pau D’Arco for CFS

Pau D’Arco (Tabebuia spp) was cited by a reader in a recent post. I had listed it in my post for herbs for treating CFS in 2015 but have not done a post focused on it. β-Lapachone (β-LAP) is a major part.

Bottom Line

Pau D’Arco (Tabebuia spp) continues to be acceptable list for the following reasons:

  • Does not inhibit Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium.
  • Minor effect against E.Coli
  • Effective against S. aureus – which is implicated as being a significant bacteria with CFS (see this earlier post).
  • Effective against Candida

Note: No PubMed studies with CFS/FM/IBS were found. There are many some forum posts indicating it helps with candida.

Pau d’arco. While herbalists do use pau d’arco for CFS treatment, it hasn’t proven to be very effective. People on blood-thinner medications should not take pau d’arco.” [source]