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Rhubarb is an age old remedy, used since ancient times some 4,000+ years ago. The root is a purgative, laxative, and general detoxicant. Rhubarb is a staple ingredient in the herbal blend known as Essiac.
Anthaquinone glycosides: chrysophanol, emodin, aloe-emodin, rhein, physcion, and cinnamic acid, calcium oxalate, sennosides A, B, and C.
Turkey rhubarb makes an excellent laxative in low doses, and a potent purgative in larger doses. It is best to start with smaller doses of Rhubarb before taking larger ones. Recommended 1/2-1 teaspoon boiled in tea.
Rhubarb can be a gentle or potent laxative pending on dose and assists the liver in ridding itself of toxic buildup and excess waste. Cleaning out and refreshing the digestive system is a very effective way of optimizing nutrient intake from meals. It is useful as an immediate purgative, and can also be used as part of a healthy detoxification regimen, such as when utilized with the herbs found in the Essiac formulation, of which it is an ingredient.
Rhubarb should be avoided in cases of abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and when pregnant. Rhubarb should not be used in high doses or long term. Discontinue use if side effects such as watery stool occur.
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