Latin name: Rheum palmatum, Rhizoma rhei
genus: Knotweed plants
Common names: Medicine rhubarb (not to be confused with garden rhubarb)
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.
There are no side effects to fear.