Hierbas del Mundo

Rheum palmatum – Russian rhubarb

The Russian rhubarb ‘Rheum palmatum’ is an impressive decorative garden plant (inedible) which can reach a height of 160 to 200 cm. In China is this type of rhubarb has been cultivated for millennia especially for its medicinal qualities.

Only the roots of a rhubarb plant that is at least 3 years old are used. Rhubarb root is rich in active substances such as tanning substances, flavonoids, bitter substances, glucose, oxalic acid, cinnamon, essential oils, polyphenols, tetrarine and minerals ect.

Properties: The rhubarb root supports a good gall bladder function; it strengthens the appetite, the functioning of the stomach and promotes the digestive system. Rhubarb also has a positive effect on the intestinal flora.

Application: As a depurative use 25 g Rhubarb root and add to 1 litre of boiling water and leave for a few hours. For a tincture add 50 g rhubarb root and 150 g gentian root to 750ml of wine.

Warning: Russian Rhubarb is not recommended for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers or people suffering from gout, arthritis or kidney disease. It is strongly recommended that you do not consume Rhubarb root if you are suffering from an intestinal obstruction. Note: Rhubarb root is a laxative so use only occasionally.

Consult your doctor or nutritionist before use.