Boost immune system and detox with Chinese Rhubarb Tea
Chinese Rhubarb Root - Rheum officinale Baill
Used part: Rhizome
Scientific name Rheum palmatum, rhubarb is an edible plant that originates in Asia. The part used is its rhizomes and stem that is thick and has a reddish color. Also known as rhubarb of China, rhubarb palmate and rhubarb of the field, the plant has large leaves, between 30 and 40 cm in length, and the flowers of the plant vary in coloration between yellowish-red and whitish-green, appearing always during the summer.
The stalk is used for medicinal purposes as well as for food, and the leaves should not be consumed due to the high concentration of oxalic acid that is corrosive and nephrotoxic.
This plant exerts great influences in the human organism, mainly as far as the digestive system is concerned. This is because the Chinese barbiturates act to prevent gastric atony and constipation. Thus, the plant is considered a purgative. Problems like gingivitis, pharyngitis and urinary tract infections can also be treated with this plant. In addition, diarrhea is another disease controlled by this natural remedy.
Good Herbal Remedy:
- Improve eye health
- Prevent cardiovascular diseases
- Prevent atherosclerosis
- Improve skin and prevent pimples
- Help in weight loss
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve circulation
- Relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Put 2 tbsp to a quart of water
- Let it cook for about 10 minutes from the moment it starts to boil
- Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes
- Stir and drink
How to Drink:
Take 2 to 3 cups a day.
Rhubarb is contraindicated for children, pregnant women, who are breastfeeding or who are in the menstrual period, and for people with kidney problems. In addition, the leaves of this plant are rich in oxalic acid, a substance that can kill when consumed in large quantities. If rhubarb is placed in a place under intense cold, such as in the freezer, oxalic acid can migrate from the leaves to the stem, which can cause problems for those who consume it. Thus, one should always remember to store the rhubarb at room temperature or under light refrigeration.