Medicinal Rhubarb

Benefits of Rhubarb as a Medicine /Herb

Medicinal Rhubarb or Rheum Palmatum is also referred to as "Chinese Rhubarb", "Turkey Rhubarb", or "Indian Rhubarb".

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Medicinal Rhubarb

Rhubarb has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. It is one of the most commonly used herbs in Chinese Medicine. Of all the many herbs cultivated for medicinal uses in early civilizations, Chinese Rhubarb remains one of the few which is still used today.

In traditional China, rhubarb root was used for curing stomach ailments, relieving severe constipation, and as a poultice for fevers and swelling.

It is the roots and rhizome which are used for medicinal uses.

In the autumn, roots are harvested from rhubarb plants that are between 6 - 10 years old. The roots are cut and divided into cube shaped pieces to increase the surface area, thereby accelerating the drying of the roots.

Perhaps medicinal rhubarb is most commonly known for its astringent tonic to the digestive system.

When taken internally, larger doses of rhubarb is believed to work as a very mild laxative.

Rhubarb root, used externally, claims to be advantageous in the treatment of burns. Rhubarb root, also claims from various sources, to be helpful in the treatment of:

  • chronic constipation
  • diarrhea
  • inflammation of the colon
  • liver and gallbladder complaints
  • hemorrhoids
  • menstrual complaints
  • skin eruptions due to toxin build-ups
  • high cholesterol levels
  • poor appetite
  • poor blood circulation
  • pain from swelling or inflammation
  • bacterial infections
  • auto-immune reactions 

According to literature, women who are pregnant or lactating and people with intestinal blockages should not use medicinal rhubarb remedies.

Many studies have been, and continue to be, performed to test the medicinal advantages of using rhubarb root as a natural type of treatment for bodily ailments.

Below are examples of rhubarb supplements in various forms which can be purchased on-line from *

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Rhubarb Root - 100% Natural (50g)
by Health Embas

100 Percent natural product without any additives

Quality consistent with the standards of the Health Embassy

Hand-packed herbs selected from qualified pickers

Can be used as a tea or infusion

Easy to use


Rhubarb Root (Rheum Palmatum) 4oz
loose herbs,
by Smallflower

Product Description:  For many centuries, people from all over the globe have found fresh herbs to be a gentle yet effective health-enhancing blessing. These are our own hand packed loose herbs, packaged in old world apothecary style, air tight brown paper canisters to keep light and moisture out, and freshness in. Use in teas, tinctures, and elixirs.


Turkey Rhubarb 500 mg 100 Capsules,
by Swanson Premium

Product Description:  If you're looking for a safe, natural way to promote bowel regularity for a clean, healthy colon, Turkey Rhubarb is an excellent choice. Valued for centuries by traditional Chinese and Tibetan herbalists, this powerful herb is not only great for stimulating regular bowel movements, its natural astringent principles make it a highly effective colon cleanser and detoxifier. Our capsules feature 500 mg of pure Turkey Rhubarb root to deliver full-spectrum herbal support for gastrointestinal health.


Health King Easy Going/Colon Cleanse Tea,
by Health King

Product DescriptionFor colon cleansing & easy bowel movement Easy-Going & Colon Clean Herb Tea is made of wild rhubarb (rhei rhizoma) and cassia seed. They provide emodin, chrysophanol, aloe-emodin, vitamins A. B. C, glucoside, rhein, sennosides A. B. C., etc. Chinese medicine uses them to moisten and cleanse intestines and to facilitate easy bowel movement.


The Herb Book: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to More Than 500 Herbs
[Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description:  Soothe your nerves, cure your cough, color your fabrics, perfume your bath, spice your sauces, stop your nightmares, freshen your breath -- with herbs... The most complete catalog of nature's "miracle plants" ever published. The complete and authoritative guide to more than 500 herbs.


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