Rhubarb root

Latin name: Rheum palmatum, Rhizoma rhei

genus: Knotweed plants

Common names: Medicine rhubarb (not to be confused with garden rhubarb)

Plant description

Over a man-high plant with fleshy stems and very large leaves. There are knots on the stems, typical of the knotweed family.
Occurrence: Originally from northern China and Tibet, where it is still collected in the wild. Grown in our crops.

Ingredients used medicinally

The root is used.


Anthraquinone glycosides, including sennosides, bitter substances and tannins

Medicinal effect and application

The root of the medicine rhubarb is considered to be symptom-free laxative and works in the colon. The contained tannin dampens the laxative effect and causes the mild effect. Rhubarb root is Part of many laxatives.


The cut root is ground very finely in a mortar. Take 2 to 3 knives of it before going to bed. The effect is achieved after 6 to 8 hours.

Side effects

There are no side effects to fear.