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Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum)
A native plant of China and Tibet, rhubarb is often grown in other parts of the world for ornamental purposes. Rhubarb has a history of use as a component in laxative preparations.
Rhubarb is primarily known for its treatment of Constipation. It has also been found to be beneficial for liver, spleen, and gallbladder problems. It also possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and hypotensive properties.
Part of the plant used: ROOTSTOCK.
20-30 mg calculated as rhein for no more than 2 weeks without medical consultation.
Upper digestive tract bleeding:
Rhubarb may cause rebound Constipation. With proper use, this is not a concern. Avoid use for over two weeks without medical consultation (3).
Rhubarb leaf should be avoided completely as it is highly toxic.
Rhubarb will potentiate other laxatives, cathartics, and purgatives. It may enhance anticoagulant drugs by reducing Vitamin K absorption. Rhubarb may also inhibit absorption of dextrose, isoniazid, and digitalis glycosides.
Rhubarb may also interact with cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmia drugs.
Rhubarb increases the passage time of all oral medications through the intestines, thereby inhibiting their action.
1. Jaio., et. Al. Resume of 400 cases of acute upper digestive tract bleeding treated with rhubarb alone. Pharmacology, 20 (Suppl. 1), 128-130, 1980.