Buy with caution from botanicas
When scientists analyzed the reporter's haul, they didn't find any relevant evidence on the plants' efficacy or safety, leaving Consumer Reports concerned. Experts also questioned the supply chain used by some of the stores to obtain the herbal ingredients, which may not meet industry standards.
How to protect yourself:
Check with your doctor before taking traditional herbs and make sure you know where they came from. If cultural health practices are important to you, visit an integrative physician who combines conventional medical treatments with holistic methods.