Rheum officinale

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Rheum officinale
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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] is a rhubarb from the family Polygonaceae native to China.[2]

Medicinal uses[edit]

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".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rheum officinale". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rheum officinale Baillon, Adansonia. 10: 246. 1871", Flora of China online 5, 2004, retrieved 7 July 2015 
  3. ^ 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 1447297. PMID 12356611.