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Ingredient Type: Botanical

Also Known As: Rheum palmatum, Chinese rhubarb, Ornamental rhubarb

Turkey rhubarb is a plant that is native to regions of western China, northern Tibet, and the Mongolian Plateau.  Its roots have been used as a purgative for at least 2,000 years, and it was one of the most commonly traded items along the Silk Road.  Turkey rhubarb is still widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its astringent, laxative, and antibacterial properties.

Turkey rhubarb is used in health supplements today to promote the health of the digestive tract, especially the bowels.


In the meantime see the WebMD entry for rhubarb, this European Medicines Agency monograph on rhubarb, the RXList entry for rhubarb, or the entry for rhubarb for more information.