Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) is known by a variety of other common names such as Turkey Rhubarb, China Rhubarb, Indian Rhubarb, and Russian Rhubarb. Rhubarb was first discovered in the 18th Century by a Dutch physician. The medicinal parts of rhubarb, this variety not to be confused with the common table variety, lies in the underground parts, including the smaller roots and root bark. Rhubarb is considered a powerful laxative, it stimulates secretion of fluid into the bowel, causes strong muscular contractions of the bowel wall, and hastens bowel movements. Rhubarb is most commonly used for constipation
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Cautions Rhubarb may cause nausea and cramping.