Overview

Rhubarb is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine. The stalk of rhubarb is also consumed as food. Traditional Chinese medicine commonly uses rhubarb alone or in combination with other ingredients.

Rhubarb is used for digestive complaints including constipation, diarrhea, or stomach pain, symptoms of menopause, menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In food, rhubarb stems are eaten in pie and other recipes. Rhubarb is also used as a flavoring agent.

How does it work ?

Rhubarb contains several chemicals which might help heal cold sores and improve movement of the intestines. Some chemicals in rhubarb might reduce swelling. Rhubarb contains fiber that might reduce cholesterol levels.

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