Chinese rhubarb, called Da-huang in China, has a long history of herbal use due to its having a positive and balancing effect upon the entire digestive system. It is one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine. It has a safe and gentle action, safe even for children. The plant is also part of a North American formula called ‘Essiac,’ a popular treatment for cancer whose effectiveness has never been proven or disproven since controlled studies have not been carried out. The roots contain anthra-quinones, which have a purgative effect, and also tannins and bitters, which have an opposite astringent effect. When taken in small doses, it acts as an astringent tonic to the digestive system, while larger doses act as a mild laxative. The root is taken internally in the treatment of chronic constipation, diarrhea, liver and gall bladder complaints, hemorrhoids, menstrual problems and skin eruptions due to an accumulation of toxins. Externally, the root is used in the treatment of burns. The roots are harvested in October from plants that are at least six years old and are then dried for later use. A homeopathic remedy is prepared from the dried root. This is used especially in the treatment of diarrhea in teething children.

NOTE:   This herb is NOT recommended for pregnant or lactating women, or for patients with intestinal obstructions.

Turkey Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum)

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  • Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Turkey Rhubarb Root can provide relief for: • Cancer • Hemorrhoids • Constipation/Diarrhea • Skin eruptions • Burns • Menstrual Problems

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