Being a popular herbal supplement today, Pau d’Arco supplement is not hard to find or buy as almost all chain drugstores sell it. However, the problem is how to find good Pau d’Arco. Pau d’Arco, also known as Taheebo, does not have supplements that are all made equally. When you search down on your local health food shops, you will perhaps encounter various different brands of herbal supplement in many different forms like liquid extract, tincture, capsule, tablet, teabags, etc. The saddening truth is that many of these herbal products are not even authentic Pau d’Arco.
When buying Pau d’Arco, make sure that you are purchasing a high quality product from a trusted store. Because of the healing wonders of Taheebo, many people are being fooled by sellers claiming their product is genuine Pau d’Arco but it ends up being a sawdust capsule instead. Always do your own research when searching for the best Pau d’Arco product. According to research, there are some alleged Taheebo products that actually contain sawdust derived from other rain forest trees and do not contain even a single Lapachol compound. This is the case when Tabebuia trees are cut together with other rainforest trees to be used for lumber. All the trees are then placed on the truck and transferred to the lumber mill. At the lumber mill, the tree barks are shaved off and are processed into boards. Oftentimes, the sawdust from the mill floor is collected and is stuffed into capsules and teabags claiming to be Pau d’Arco. Sawdust is a form of cellulose compound and cannot be metabolized by the human digestive tract; therefore, it is not beneficial to human health. Putting your faith in these products to improve and fortify your health or treat illnesses will only waste both your money and time.
Where to buy Pau d’Arco? You can purchase it from health food shops either in your locality or via the Internet. When you buy Pau d’Arco at a local health store, check the product label for ipe roxo, Tabebuia impetiginosa, Tabebuia avellanedae or other names of Pau d’Arco. In addition, check if it particularly specifies the inner bark to ensure that you will get the lapachol extract. If you prefer buying online, better search for an established online shop that sells Pau d’Arco products. They may also sell other dietary supplements such as vitamins and minerals and other types of herbal supplements. Most online stores clearly list the type of Pau d’Arco products sold on every store. When visiting the store, use the search feature to browse the products.
When you buy Pau d’Arco, make sure it comes from the cortex or inner bark of the right Tabebuia specie and it must be processed under exacting standards, both in sanitation and in quality of raw materials. Keep in mind that dietary supplements and herbal products such as Pau d’Arco are not well controlled and regulated by FDA, so it is the consumer’s responsibility to check the products, research and compare them before deciding on a purchase.