Rheum - The Homeopathic Remedy

Remedy profile of Rheum, Origin of Rheum, Preparation of Rheum homeopathic remedy,  Emotional, Psychological and Physical symptoms suited to Rheum explanation and other information

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Rheum Rhubarb, Chinese rhubarb, Indian rhubarb, English rhubarb, Japanese rhubarb Rheum officinale, Rheum Palmatum, Rheum rhaponticum

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General description and domicile:
Native to the mountainous regions of China Rhubarb is now grown all over the world. There are some differences in the subspecies but they all originated in North-west China.
In England the young leaf stalks of the English rhubarb, which is hardly used for medicinal purposes, are used to make a sour/sweet desert food.
Rheum is perennial and flowers in mid to late summer. Rheum Palmatum and other Asian species, which are the subspecies that the homeopathic remedy are made from are much larger than the common garden rhubarb. They grow to three meters tall with huge umbrella sized leaves.

Part used and extraction:
The dried root is used.

Remedy preparation:
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture

The medicinal use of rhubarb dates back to Ancient Chinese Medicine from where it spread via Turkey, Russia and India to Arabia and eventually Europe. It was used for a variety of conditions mostly related to the digestive tract and related organs like spleen and liver.

How to use these pages:
What follows below is a profile of the homeopathic remedy. This profile must be compared with the profile of the person to be treated in great detail before treatment can be commenced. See How to Use these Pages

Remedy profile:
Undemanding people with a tendency to a sour and bitter disposition are best suited to Rheum. They are introspective, do not make many demands on those around them and suffer restless and agitated sleeping patterns.
When ill the become more demanding and irritable. They also tire easily and tend to lose interest quickly. Discharges are sour smelling especially sweat which is even noticeable almost immediately after washing. It is as if the sour smell will just not go away.

Key Symptoms:
Sour smell, Irritable, Troubled sleep, Gastric disorders with sour smelling diarrhea.

Used for treatment of:



General Symptoms Worse for: Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Eating sour food and fruit

General Symptoms Better for: Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Fetal position

See also our Herbal page on Rheum.


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