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Turkey Rhubarb Root

  • Rheum spp.
  • Origin: USA
Turkey Rhubarb Root

SKU
t_r1oz

Common Name

Standardized: turkey rhubarb

Botanical Name

Rheum spp.
Plant Family: Polygonaceae

Overview

Introduction

Turkey rhubarb has been used as a purgative for at least 2,000 years. Its used was recorded in the Chinese medical text Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica nearly two centuries before the beginning of the Christian era. Rhubarb roots are dug in September or October after the stem and leaves of the plant are withered by frost. The roots should only dug after the plants are about 2-3 years old, and the maximum effectiveness of the roots as a purgative requires that they be aged for about 6-12 months.

Constituents

Anthaquinone glycosides including chrysophanol, emodin, aloe-emodin, rhein, physcion; as well as cinnamic acid, calcium oxalate, fructose, glucose, tannic acids, and sennosides A, B, and C.

Parts Used

Dried root, chopped and powdered.

Typical Preparations

Traditionally used as a tea or tincture. May also be taken as a capsule for convenience.

Summary

Chinese physicians today use rhubarb root teas to treat stubborn infections of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus. A powder of rhubarb root and licorice can be made into a plaster to treat boils and furuncles.

Precautions

Specific: Do not use this product if you have abdominal pain or diarrhea. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing a baby. Discontinue use in the event of diarrhea or watery stools. Do not exceed recommended dose. Not for long-term use.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.