During the time of Marco Polo,
Chinese rhubarb, scientifically known as rhizoma rhei, was used for constipation and easing bowel movement. The herb was indeed the most sought after medicine of its time and one of the main reasons for East-West
trade for almost a thousand years.
The chief factor for its popularity was that, unlike senna or other laxatives, the Chinese
rhubarb strengthens and protects the colon while at the same carries a laxative effect.
By doing so, it absorbs and clears the body of toxins while moisturising the intestines
and colon. Thus, it is not just a simple purgative, which means that it is better for long-term usage.
Aloe Vera for Protection
A plant with large, thick
leaves, aloe vera is a member of the onion and lily family. Aloe vera plays an important role in the internal cleansing of the body system by further protecting the lining of the gastro-intestinal tract and providing the
a) essential vitamins
(b) amino acids
(c) sugars that help boost the immune system
enzymes for digestion
(e) anti-inflammatory agents including plant sterols and salycylic acids
Aloe vera is recommended for those with irritable bowel syndrome and other