Information on Rhubarb

Latin NameRheum palmatum
Other NamesChinese rhubarb
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy and nursing. Do not use this herb if you have intestinal obstruction, abdominal pain, or an inflammatory condition of the intestines. Do not use longer than 8-10 days. Use this herb with caution if you have a history of
Botanical InfoA stout Asian herb in the buckwheat family with tall spires of dense clusters of small cream flowers, and broad deeply-lobed leaves on sour-tasting long reddish green stalks.
DescriptionRhubarb has bitter, laxative, and heat-clearing properties and is used for constipation, hemorrhoids, and gastroenteritis. It is also used for eruptive skin problems caused by faulty elimination and "damp heat" in the lower intestines.

Rhubarb has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1/2 cup 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Rhubarb

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Constipationlaxativetincture, tea
Gastroenteritisheat-clearintincture, tea

References

McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.
Felter, H.W. and J.U. Lloyd. 1983. (1898). King's Dispensatory. Portland, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications.
Madaus, G. 1976. Lehrbuch der Biologischen Heilmittel. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag.
Bradley, P.R., ed. 1992. British Herbal Compendium. Dorset: British Herbal Medicine Association.