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Rhubarb Rheum emodi, Rheum officinale, Rheum speciforme, Rheum palmatum
Family: Polygonaceae family
--Parts Used---dried rhizome or underground stem of the plant
Anthraquinone derivatives such as chrysophanic acid (=chrysophanol), emodin, aloe-emodin, rhein & physcion, with their O-glycosides such as glucorhein, chrysophanein, glucoemodin; sennosides A-E, reidin C & others.
Stilbene derivatives; related stilbene glycosides present in other types
Miscellaneous; volatile oil, containing diisobutyl phthalate, cinnamic and ferulic acids; rutin, fatty acids, calcium oxalate etc
Purgative, alterative, hemostatic, antipyretic, anthelmintic, stomachic, bitter tonic, cathartic, laxative, atonic indigestion
Constipation (with fevers, ulcers, infections), diarrhea, Pitta dysentery, jaundice, liver disorders.
Rhubarb Root has a purgative action for use in the treatment of constipation, but also has an astringent effect following this. It therefore has a truly cleansing action upon the gut, removing debris and then astringing with antiseptic properties as well.
Note: Rhubarb Root may color the urine yellow or red.
Small doses - tonic hepatic.
Large doses - cathartic.