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RHUBARB
(Rheum palmatum)

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RHUBARB (Rheum palmatum)

Rhubarb

DESCRIPTION: The rhubarb is a plant with a root and underground stem used to make medicine. Also used in food and pie. It is a herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes. It produces large leaves that are somewhat triangular, with long fleshy stalks and small flowers grouped in large compound leafy greenish-white to rose-red inflorescences.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Used for constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, stomach pain, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Also aids as a stool softener

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Relatively safe but too much can cause cramping and too little can lead to constipation. Do not use with another stimulant. Can also create watery diarrhea, potassium loss and watery contractions.

PARTS USED: Root

GENERAL USAGE: Anti-cancer, astringent, laxative, and purgative

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