Turkey rhubarb root is part of the Turkey Rhubarb (Rheum Palmatum), which belongs to the rhubarb family. Rhubarb is a common food amongst many cultures. The turkey rhubarb roots, however, contain special medicinal properties. The root helps stimulate activity in the various body systems. It has been widely used in Chinese traditional and alternative/herbal medicine for at least 2000 years. Rhubarb root was mentioned in the Chinese medical text Divine Husbandman`s Classic of the Materia Medica nearly 2 centuries before Christ.
Though this herb is native of western China, northern Tibet and the Mongolian Plateau, it is extensively cultivated in other parts of the world as well. Usually Rhubarb roots are dug in September-October and only after the plants are at least 6 years old for the maximum of effectiveness.
Turkey rhubarb root acts as a remedy that increases the activity of the stomach, liver and bowels by increasing the flow of the digestive juices, including bile. Rhubarb root is used for a variety of health conditions, for example, cancer, gastrointestinal disturbances, hypertension, high cholesterol, peptic ulcers, burns etc. Being a purgative Turkey Rhubarb is often found in herbal colon cleansing formulas. It is also well known for its antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Rhubarb root is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin A, some of the B complex vitamins, and vitamin C. Its mineral content includes calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur and zinc.
Traditionally Turkey Rhubarb root is used as a tea or tincture. But it may also be taken as a capsule.
10 Dec 2013