RHUBARB

Alkaline Herb Healing

What is Rhubarb?

Rhubarb a species of plant in the family Polygonaceae. It is a herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes (Rootstalks). The fleshy, edible stalks (petioles), are used in cooking, but the large, triangular leaves contain high levels of oxalic acid, making them inedible. [1] Rhubarb has been used in Chinnese medicine as an anticholesterolemic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitumor, aperient, astringent, cholagogue, demulcent, diuretic, laxative, purgative, stomachic and tonic. [2]

Digestive Health 

 The root can be taken internally for the treatment of chronic constipation, diarrhea, liver and gall bladder complaints, hemorrhoids, menstrual problems and skin eruptions due to an accumulation of toxins. When taken internally in small doses, rhubarb acts as an astringent tonic to the digestive system, when taken larger doses rhubarb acts as a very mild laxative. Rhubarb enhances the appetite when it is taken before meals in small amounts. [3]

    The Body

    Rhubarb also promotes blood circulation and relieves pain in cases of injury or inflammation, inhibits intestinal infections. and can also reduce autoimmune reactions.[3]

    Rhubarb is sometimes applied to the skin to treat cold sores.

    About 3.5oz of rhubarb contains:

    • 9% of the daily recommended amount of calcium
    • 5g of fiber
    • High in vitamin K (which is essential for strong bones)
    • Vitamin C
    • Iron
    • Manganese.

     

    Safe Use: 

     

    Rhubarb can cause some side effects such as stomach and intestinal pain, watery diarrhea, and uterine contractions. Long-term use can result in muscular weakness, bone loss, potassium loss, and irregular heart rhythm, If used for more than 7 days. [4] Women who are pregnant shouldn’t use rhubarb medicinally because this supplement may cause uterine contractions.

     Avoid treatment with rhubarb if you have a personal history of liver disease, arthritis, bowel disease or obstruction, or kidney-related health problems including kidney stones. In addition, people with hormone-sensitive health problems, such as ovarian cancer or uterine fibroids, shouldn’t take rhubarb because this supplement may have estrogen-like effects on the human body. [5]

     

     

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