Medicinal plant used mainly for internal use, against  constipation (constipation) or for external use, in case of canker sores. It can be found in the form of an infusion or liquid for application.


English name: Rhubarb, Chinese rhubarb
Binomial name: Rheum tanguticum var tanguticum; Rheum palmatum L
French name: Rhubarbe , rhubarbe de Chine
English name: rhubarb
German name: Rhabarber
Italian name: rabarbaro




Queen, anthraquinones (derivatives), flavonoids, tannins.

parts used

Roots (Rhei radix), rhizome


Astringent, stomachic, laxative in the large intestine region (in high dose) [laxative action after about 8 hours of ingestion].


Internal use (drops, pills,…) Occasional
constipation (use for a short period), hemorrhoids , gastroenteritis (against pain)

External use (solution to apply,…)
Canker sores

Secundary effects

If consumed in high doses or in prolonged doses, there may be a loss of electrolytes in the laxative effect (internal use) or the intestine may become lazy. When purchasing a medication, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for guidance.


Pregnancy and lactation, for internal use. When purchasing a medication, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for guidance.


There may be interaction with medications, for the heart, for example, having an effect on potassium (in internal use). When purchasing a medication, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for guidance.


– Rhubarb infusion

– Rhubarb extract

– Drops of rhubarb (preparation against canker sores)

– Rhubarb decoction

Where does rhubarb grow?

Rhubarb grows in Europe and Asia. Rhubarb originates from China. Flowering occurs in Europe in general from May to June. It reaches a height of between 1 and 2.5 m. It is a perennial plant, that is, it can live for several years.


– The use of rhubarb during occasional constipation is based on the active principles derived from anthraquinones. As the laxative effects are intense, it is advisable to use rhubarb preparations for a short period of time. Other plants also have a strong laxative effect based on anthraquinone derivatives, such as senna, frangula and aloe vera.

– Rhubarb ( Rheum palmatum ) is also used in homeopathy, especially during diarrhea.

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