Rhubarb Root Cut And Sifted Bulk By The Ounce
Common Names: Amla-Vetasa (Sanskrit Name), Chinese Rhubarb, Da-Huang (Chinese Name), Ta-Huang (Chinese Name), Turkey Rhubarb.
Scientific Name: Rheum Palmatum L., Polygonaceae, Buckwheat Family.
Common Uses: The rootstock has a tendency to be both laxative and astringent, depending on the amount used. Helps disorders of the colon, spleen, and liver. Relieves headache, diarrhea, dysentery, in larger doses for constipation, jaundice, liver problems, skin inflammations, and hemorrhoids. Eliminates worms. Promotes healing of duodenal ulcers. Enhances gallbladder function. Antibiotic properties. In small doses, a cold extract of the rootstock used to stimulate appetite.
*Warnings: The leaf blades (although not the stalks) of rhubarb contain enough oxalic acid to cause poisoning. Fatalities have been reported when using the leaves. Prolonged use is not advisable, rhubarb aggravates any tendency toward chronic constipation. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are cautioned against using rhubarb. Also avoid if gout or arthritis is a problem. Use with caution on hemorrhoids.
Origin: Cultivated outside its native Tibet and China