Rhubarb ( 大黄 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Part of Plant Used
Stomach, Large Intestine, Liver
This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of high fever, excessive sweating, thirst, constipation, bloating, pain, jaundice, high blood pressure, hemmorhage, no menstruation, immobile abdominal masses, and hot, swollen, painful eyes (TCM: internal heat/damp-heat conditions and stagnant Blood); also used to treat skin burns, worms, edema and delirium.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Drains heat and moves stool; drains damp heat; drains excess heat from Blood; invigorates Blood and breaks up congealed Blood; clears heat obstructing Blood level; clears heat and detoxifies fire poison.
Common Formulas Used In
Apricot Seed and Linum; Bupleurum and Dragon Bone; Cimicafuga; Dianthus; Leonuris and Achyranthes; Rhubarb and Scutellaria.
Cautions in Use
Use with caution during pregnancy and immediately after birth. Do not use where there are exterior imbalances, deficient Qi or Blood, or cold-deficient Spleen and Stomach.