Rhubarb Root

Rhubarb Root

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Rhubarb Root/Rewand Chini/Rheum Emodi

Rhubarb Root has a long history of herbal usage. The primary result of rhubarb root as an herbal medicine is a positive and balancing effect upon the digestive system. Rhubarb is one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine. Rhubarb roots are  harvested in the fall from plants that are at least six years old. The roots are then dried for later use. The root is used as an anticholesterolemic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitumor, aperient, astringent, cholagogue, demulcent, diuretic, laxative, purgative, stomachic and tonic.  Rhubarb roots contain anthraquinones which have a purgative effect, and the  tannins and  bitters have an an effect that is opposite that of an astringent it.

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