In this rather incredible review of eight clinical trials from China, the use of rhubarb to treat patients with ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) was shown to:
- improve survival by 58%
- reduce time needed on ventilators by 55%
- improve oxygen levels in blood
- decrease cytokine levels in blood
Rhubarb has a long history of use in Chinese traditional medicine, in particular for improving intestinal health and IBF (Intestinal Barrier Function). More recently, researchers have found that rhubarb also improves LBF (Lung Barrier Function) because it protects the cells lining the lung air sacs (alveolar epithelial cells) as well as the cells lining blood vessels in the lungs (arterial epithelial cells). This keeps toxins from entering the blood and decreases inflammation. Rhubarb does this because of its unique array of powerful natural compounds called anthraquinones (emodin, aloe emodin, rhein and physcion). Emodin and aloe emodin are also found in aloe vera. As for dosage, a separate clinical trial (posted in comments section) shows the use of 60 grams daily of raw rhubarb powder given in separate doses every 8 hours via gastric feeding tube. So if this amazing herb can help critically ill patients, could it not also help in the early stages of a viral lung infection? Rhubarb is now just coming into season in the USA and Europe. It’s a cheap, healthy and safe food. And it’s clinically proven.
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28573250 - 51 minutes ago