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Rhubarb and Sage

Other Names: Rhubarb, English Rhubarb, Chinese Rhubarb, Da Huang, Garden Rhubarb, Bastard Rhubarb, Breat Momk's Rhubarb, Great Garden Patience, Sweet Round-leaved Dock, Rheum Officinale, Rheum palmatum
Traditional Usages: Food, Cleansing the Stomach, Liver and Blood, Infant's Stomach Troubles, Laxative, Stomach Pain, Increase Appetite, Purging Phlegm, Melancholy, Jaundice, Dropsy, Swelling of the Spleen, Spitting Blood, Gonorrhea, Pains in the Head, Sciatica, Gout, Cramp, The oil heals Ulcers that happen in the Eye and Eyelids, Diarrhea, Crohn's Disease, Dysentery, Headaches, Appendicitis, Infectious Hepatitis, Conjunctivitis, Gingivitis, Nosebleeds, Edema, Bacterial Infections,
Resources: Britain, Ireland, China, Tibet, Europe, US
Parts Used: Rhizome, Root, Stalks, Leaves
Administration Method: Cut bark, Powdered root and dry extracts for teas, decoction
Herb Action:  Astringent, antibacterial, digestive remedy, eases stomach pain, laxative 
Herbal Research: Rhubarb
Health Warning: Avoid during Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Menstruation. Do not eat the leaves as they are poisonous. To be used only on the advice of a Qualified Herbal or professional Medical practitioner. Do not use as a laxative for more than 1 - 2 weeks without medical advice.

Note: Rhubarb leaves contain dangerously high levels of oxalic acid which can cause serious kidney damage potentially leading to death. Even though a 140 pound person would need to eat about 10 pounds of rhubarb leaves to die, a small amount still has the ability to make a person sick.

Rhubarb and Sage – Home remedy for Genital Herpes:  A cream containing rhubarb and sage speeds up the healing of herpes lesions.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies


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