Definite, astringent (due to tannins), laxative (due to anthraquinone glycosides including emodin which stimulates peristalsis), antiscorbutic (due to vitamin C content), antimicrobial action (due to anthroquinone glycosides). Probably; Bioavailable source of iron. Possible: stimulates bile production due to its rumicin content (a liver decongestant), triggers a purge in the liver, blood purifier, skin problems (eczema, acne, pimples). (Resource:Herbalpedia 2008)
Caution: Individuals with a history of kidney stones should use this herb cautiously.