Rheum officinale

Rheum officinale
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rheum
Species: R. officinale
Binomial name
Rheum officinale

Rheum officinale, the Chinese rhubarb[1] or Tibetan rhubarb,[2] is a rhubarb from the family Polygonaceae native to China.[3]

Medicinal uses

Rheum officinale is used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called yào yòng dà huáng (Chinese: 药用大黄), and is also a component in the North American herbal remedy called Essiac tea.

In modern medicine, R. officinale has been studied for the treatment of hepatitis B. However, a meta-analysis of published clinical trials concluded that the quality of existing studies was "poor", but further study of R. officinale in combination with interferon is "justified".[4]

See also


  1. "Rheum officinale". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. "Rheum officinale Baillon, Adansonia. 10: 246. 1871", Flora of China online, 5, 2004, retrieved 7 July 2015
  4. McCulloch, M; Broffman, M; Gao, J; Colford Jr, JM (2002). "Chinese Herbal Medicine and Interferon in the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized, Controlled Trials". American Journal of Public Health. 92 (10): 1619–28. doi:10.2105/AJPH.92.10.1619. PMC 1447297Freely accessible. PMID 12356611.


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