Botanical name: Rheum officinale 
Common name: Rhubarb root
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Throughout history, Rhubarb has been used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antitumour and antipyretic herb.

One of the most common uses for Rhubarb, however, is to balance the digestive system.

Anthraquinone glycosides, constituents in Rhubarb, are responsible for making the smooth muscles of the digestive system contract, encouraging movement and regular bowel motions. This is particularly useful in cases of constipation. Tannins then add to the astringency of this herb, making it also beneficial in cases of diarrhoea.

Studies have shown that Rhubarb can offer protection to the intestinal mucosa by supporting the cell junctions, reducing the likelihood of conditions such as leaky gut.

Rhubarb is also helpful in reducing intestinal inflammation, providing symptomatic relief in conditions such as ulcerative colitis, and maintaining the balance of helpful bacteria in the microbiome, crucial for digestive and immune health.


Xiang, H., Zuo, J., Gur, F., & Dong, D. (2020). What we already know about rhubarb: a comprehensive review. Springer Nature, 15(88). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13020-020-00370-6

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