Turkey Rhubarb Herb
Turkey Rhubarb, also called Chinese Rhubarb is closely related to the garden Rhubarb and has similar qualities. Turkey Rhubarb is one of the herbs used in Essiac tea, the controversial natural treatment for cancer.
Although similar in qualities to the garden Rhubarb, Turkey Rhubarb differs in looks and has stems that can reach 6 – 10 feet tall with large rough leaves. The roots are oval with long rootlets and are brown on the exterior of the root and dark yellow on the interior. It is best to harvest the root when they have reached 4 – 6 years old.
Turkey Rhubarb Tea
Turkey Rhubarb tea is prepared by steeping ½ to 1 teaspoon of dried and finely chopped root in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Turkey Rhubarb Uses & Herbal Remedies
Small doses of Turkey Rhubarb can be used to treat diarrhea and act as an appetite stimulant.
Larger doses of Turkey Rhubarb can be used to treat constipation.
Turkey Rhubarb is thought to stop the bleeding in bleeding ulcers by a large percentage.
Turkey Rhubarb has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to treat a tooth ache.
Turkey Rhubarb Cautions & Dangers
Although the root and stem of the Turkey Rhubarb are edible the leaves are poisonous and should not be consumed.
Turkey Rhubarb is not to be used in persons with a history of kidney stones and inflammation or gall stones.
Not to be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to lack of research.
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