Rhubarb Root herb (Rheum officinale)
Avoid during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. Avoid in ileus and renal disorders.
Part used: Root
Habitat: Rhubarb is a tall perennial growing to 3m when in flower and dying back in winter. The large hairy leaves grow on longredish (delicious) stems. Rhubarb prefers sunny positions in well drained moist soil. Though rhubarb is widely cultivated for its stems, the leaves are toxic but the roots have long been used in tradtional medicine.
Constituents: Anthrquinones, dianthones, tannins including prcyanidins, stilbenes including resveratrol, flavonoids and phenylbutanones
Actions: Laxative, stomachic, astringent, aperient, tonic, anti-inflammatory
Traditional and current uses:
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