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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

Active Compounds:

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

--Medicinal Actions and Uses---

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. 

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