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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 uses

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 (Chinese: 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]

See also


  1. Rheum officinale - Plants For A Future database report
  2. Chinese Herbal Medicine and Interferon in the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized, Controlled Trials -- McCulloch et al. 92 (10): 1619 -- American Journal of Public Health
  3. Calorimetric investigation of the effect of hydroxyanthraquinones in Rheum officinale Baill on Staphylococcus aureus growth
  4. ScienceDirect - The Lancet : Herb-drug interactions


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