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Rheum officinale

Rheum officinale

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rheum
Species: R. officinale
Binomial name
Rheum officinale

Rheum officinale is a rhubarb from the family Polygonaceae originating in Asia.

Medicinal use

The root and stem of R. officinale are used to treat constipation, as well as to aid in the dissolution of blood clots and pus eruptions. Is used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called yào yòng dà huáng (药用大黄), and is also a component in the North American herbal remedy called Essiac tea.

In modern medicine, R. officinale has been found to be useful in treatment of Hepatitis B.[2]


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