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Rhei Radix et Rhizoma
Chinese Rhubarb Root
Wine-washed to clear & descend upper body fire; often used for Large Intestine heat toxin causing redness of the eyes, toothache, mouth ulcers & restless heat in the chest. Charred to reduce its downward draining action and break up blood stasis while strengthening its ability to stop bleeding; often used for heat accumuating in the Intestines causing bloody stool.
Purges the Bowels
Moves Stagnant Blood
Contraindicated during pregnancy, for nursing mothers, qi and blood deficiency, and cold from deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach. Use extreme caution during menstruation, or post-partum. Allergic reactions to this herb have been reported (with flushing, rash, and wheezing).
3-12g. May use raw to enhance purgative effect, but use extreme caution, as overdosage of the raw herb can be toxic. Cook longer than 10 minutes to reduce the purgative effect. Wine or vinegar fry to
HT, LI, LIV, ST, SP