Rhubarb

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Biological Name: Rheum palmatum, Rheum emodi, Rheum australe, Rheum officinale, Rheum moorcroftianum, Rheum acuminatum, Rheum webbianum, Rheum speciformerhubarb

Family: Polygonaceae

Other Names: Variyattu, Rhubarb, Tursak, amla-vetasa, Rhubarb de Perse, Rheuchini, aml parni, Rhabarber, revand-chini, Reval-chini, archu, Nattu ireval-chinni, Chinese Rhubarb, Ladakirevanda-chini, Turkey rhubarb, Indian rhubarb, Da huang, Himalayan rhubarb, Bangla Revanchini

Elements Applied: The medically potent part of the plant is its root or the part of the stem, located in the soil. To take it as a remedy, the root is dried up and divided into relatively equal pieces. They are fixed onto a string, and then put under direct sunlight, or a special lamp.

Importantly, it’s not the root of common rhubarb that is applied, by the roots of Rheum palmatum and other types.

Active Components:

  • Elements derived from athraquinone, like reidin C, chrysophanol, sennosides A-E, emodin, chrysophanein, glucoemodin; glucorhein, and other O-glycosides, physcion, rhein, and more. Chinese Rhubarb includes epicatechin gallate and d-catechin, as well as golloyl, coumaroyl, cinnamoyl fructoses and glucosides; tannins.
  • Stilbene glycosides can be found in other species, together with stilbene derivates;
  • Other: volatile oil, which includes calcium oxalate, fatty acids, rutin, ferulic and cinnamic acids; diisobutyl phthalate, and so on.

Used For: The plant is widely applied due to its ability to reduce constipations, boost one’s metabolism, stimulate blood circulation, cure stomach diseases, and rid the bowel of helminthes.

It’s additionally applied to treat diarrhea, dysentery, liver diseases and jaundice.

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.

Rhubarb is widely known for its ability to purify the bowel, fighting the problems like constipation, accompanied with fevers, infections, as well as stomach ulcers. It is referred to as an effective remedy for diarrhea, as well. The plant is also known to fight bacterial infections.

You should also remember that taking rhubarb root you may have deep-yellow or red-colored urine.

Plant’s action depends on the quantity you take. Applied in small doses, it produces a positive effect on the liver, but used in large quantities, it produces a purgative effect.

In Ayurvedic medicine the plant has several applications. It is used to fight stomach diseases, stimulate the digestive system and treat liver disorders. The plant is applied in mild cases of diarrhea; however, it’s not used for constipation, especially in case where one needs a permanent purgative effect. The stimulative capacity of the herb is applied for treating atonic dyspepsia.

Due to its mild effect on the system, the plant is in popular use among aged people and children. When bowel muscles are week, the plant may serve a good remedy if used in combination with Grey Powder. The dose is 10 grains on average.

In some cases the root may be chewed. Rhurbarb has a wide range of application in complex herbal remedies. Colon irritation, characteristic for the period of teeth eruption in children, duodenal catarrh, jaundice, and skin inflammations are also cases of plant application.

To keep the bowel muscles functional, the remedy is applied together with psyllium or licorice for aged people (to eliminate the possibility of spasms fennel or ginger is added in a proportion of 4:1 (rhubarb:ginger). The plant is also applied to stumulate metabolism, blood and bile circulation. If mixed with epsom salt, acts more effective,

In Chinese medicine the plant is considered potent of eliminating constipation, treating infections, induced by microorganisms, reduce tumors, stimulates bile movement, reduces blood pressure and bad holesterol amount in blood, as well as eliminates inflammations.

Chinese herbalists consider rhubarb one of the most effective medical remedies. The plant is potent of reducing fevers, which are associated with constipation. It is known to increase blood circulation which is essential in case of bruises and sharp pain. Both local and oral application is suitable, with the former being an anti-inflammatory means.

Rhubarb is applied for cases of dysentery accompanied with bloody feces. Additionally the plant is used for bloody vomiting. Applied orally and locally to treat infections. Serves as a remedy for helminthes (esp. flukes). Used externally to eliminate skin diseases like blisters and boils, accompanied with inflammations; in this case the remedy is mixed with honey or water, and aided by similar herbal medicines.

Commonly mixed with: In order to avoid meteorism and bowel spasms the remedy is applied together with carminative natural remedies.

Additional Info: The plant is originally brought from India. It’s also found in Himalayas (at a height more than 8000 feet). Grown and specially raised in Bhutan, China, Tibet, Turkey, and Russia.

Preparation and Intake: The plant is applied in form of powder in a dose of 1 g to produce a laxative effect, and in a quantity of 3 g to produce a purgative effect. Additionally used in form of infusions and pills.

As a decoction the remedy is made of half a teaspoon boiled up in a glass of water, and then kept on low heat for nearly 10 minutes. Consumed in the morning and before going to bed.

In form of a tincture the remedy is applied in a dose of 1-2 ml thrice a day.

Safety: Warning! The herb is not recommended to use during pregnancy. The leaves should not be taken internally, they are toxic.

The plant should be avoided in case of recurrent diarrhea, hemorrhoids, chills, gout, epilepsy, rheumatism, and uric acid abundance.

Though the urine turns deep yellow, it doesn’t affect the urinary tract.

Due to oxalic acid content, the plant is not recommended to use with an inclination to rheumatism, gout, uric acid abundance, or epilepsy.

Take the herb only after you had a consultation with your health-care provider or an herbalist.