It is not surprising that most people are not aware of the benefits of Rhubarb. But the fact is that Rhubarb root has been used effectively as a remedy for constipation for over two thousand years. The roots of the plant are often removed after a long cold spell and stored for up to eighteen months before put into medicine form.
Also known as Rhubarb root, Rheum palmatum, Chinese rhubarb and da huang, the healing benefits of Rhubarb can be attributed to:
- Cinnamic acid
- Tannic acid
Friendly bacteria that live in the colon transform the sennosides within the roots of Rhubarb into a compound that acts on the smooth muscles associated with bowel movement.
It is most commonly taken as a tea, but is available in capsule form.
Applications for Rhubarb Benefits
Rhubarb is primarily used to treat stubborn bowels and constipation as well as associative pain. Although it can be taken alone, when combined with other herbs it becomes an effective agent to fight fever and hemorrhoids.
Recent research suggests the herb may be valuable in fighting and greatly reducing the risk of cancer. It also helps the body recover after cancer has been removed – particularly in patients suffering from gastric cancer. Patients who consumed the root before and after his/her operation recorded a faster rate of recovery.
Used for a variety of circulatory problems, it can help stop bleeding faster, fight viruses of the circulatory system and generally aid in all areas of circulation.
Additional benefits of eating Rhubarb root include:
- Lowers risk of cancer
- High fiber content helps to regulate bowel movements
- Relief from discomfort associated with indigestion
- Lowers blood pressure, if taken in measured doses
- Hot flushes can be reduced
- Antibacterial and antiseptic properties can cleanse body, inside and out – thus preventing infection
- Manages high cholesterol, eliminating the need for synthetic drugs
Rhubarb root should be taken in moderation – too much can cause cramping and severe pain, too little can produce or aggravate constipation. Due to the potential complications resulting from a too high or low dosage, consult a medical or herbal professional before using it for constipation.
The safety of rhubarb consumption during pregnancy is unknown; therefore it is recommended women seek alternate treatment options during this time. However, any other time you might want to consider the benefits of Rhubarb.