you're reading...

Rheum palmatum

Rheum palmatum                            Common name:  Turkey rhubarb
Family: Polygonaceae

Parts used:  Rhizome

Medicinal actions:  Bowel tonic (mild stimulant laxative), astringent, aperient, sialogogue

Turkey Rhubarb

Constituents:  Anthraquinone glycosides including emodin, tannins, stilbene derivatives, volatile oil, rutin, fatty acids, calcium oxalate.

Medicinal use:  Rheum palmatum is used for its laxative effects. Rheum is indicated in atonic constipation or diarrhea secondary to lack of tone.  Rheum has an antiseptic action.

Pharmacy: Rhubarb powder: 0.5-5g/day. Decoction: 1 tsp/cup; 1 cup TID. Tincture (1:5) up to 6 ml/day; 40 ml/week max.

Toxicity:  Diarrhea with mild griping; icterus and hepatic enlargement; renal insufficiency and proteinuria.



Comments are closed.

A place for all things herbal medicine

Created and maintained with love by Dr. Marisa Marciano, ND

Get my new book here!

The Botanical Medicine Manual is the best multidisciplinary, integrated guide available for students, clinicians & instructors. This book gives top quality content that you will refer to often in class, for board exams & in practice. Topics include, study tips, Botanical Actions, Constituents, Pharmacy, Monographs, Nutrition, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Fiber and much more evidence informed medicine. Cost is $39.95