Turkey rhubarb root grows in cool climates and high altitudes. It is common in the western part of China and Turkey. It has been used in Asia for its laxative properties since the Han Dynasty. Since then, variations of the name such as Turkey, Indian and Chinese have come about. These variations in name have nothing to do with the actual plant, but the route of transport the shipment passes through.
Medicinally, only the roots are used; the leaves are poisonous and should be discarded immediately. Turkey rhubarb root is one of the ingredients in Rene Caisse’s essiac tea treatment for cancer. It’s because of its antineoplastic and anticancer properties that prevent the growth and development of malignant tumors.
Astringents such as tannins present in this root help treat diarrhea, depending on the dosage. Small doses effectively lower the water content in the stool, thus alleviating diarrhea. However, larger doses supersede the anthraquinone constituent responsible for water content even more, leading to more watery stools. As an astringent, rhubarb root is also used to treat hemorrhoids and to stop internal bleeding due to the inflammation of mucous membranes. This plant also benefits anal fissures. In some cases, it is even administered as a post-operative for recto-anal surgeries. Its powerful yet non-invasive purging properties make it a valuable herbal remedy. At present, it is still used in China as a means to prepare the bowels for a colonoscopy.
Turkey rhubarb root is quite bitter, which is said to stimulate the digestive system and improve the appetite. People underweight because of a lack of appetite should give this root some thought. In addition, it treats gastrointestinal disorders and helps strengthen the stomach. It’s particularly potent against atonic dyspepsia, when the digestive organs are weakened and unable to function properly. This root also stimulates the gastric juices that in turn, encourage the healthy flow of the digestive process. As a result, turkey rhubarb root is used as an ingredient of drugs that treat liver disorders. When taken in small doses, it also strengthens the stomach muscles.
This root is also considered to be anti-microbial. It’s an effective deterrent and treatment against parasites such as ringworms and pinworms. It serves to make the host organ or host tissue an unbearable place for these parasites to leave. With its overall cleansing effect on the body, it also helps to flush the parasites out of the body quickly and effectively.
Aside from controlling the water content in stool, the anthraquinone constituent is also responsible for treating polio, and measles, while the rhein constituent shows promise against bacteria. Externally, this root also fits skin inflammation and skin infections such as eczema, cold sores and boils.
It is not advisable to ingest turkey rhubarb root when you are pregnant. It is high in oxalic acid, making it a hit or miss with people with kidney problems or gout.
Turkey rhubarb root is rich in vitamins as well as minerals. Below are some of them:
-Vitamin B complex