Rhubarb|Goleta

In temperate climates, rhubarb is one of the first food plants harvested, usually in mid to late spring (April/May) in the Northern Hemisphere. Rhubarb has been used for medical purposes by the Chinese for thousands of years, and appears in The Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic, which legend attributes to the mythical Shen Nung, the Yan Emperor, but is thought to have been compiled about 2700 years ago.

Shen Nung, the Father of Chinese medicine (approximately 2695 BCE) noted for tasting 365 herbs and dying from a toxic overdose, also wrote the treatise On Herbal Medical Experiment Poisons. This treatise was later expanded by countless generations of doctors and is a main reason why knowledge of remedial herbs is so expansive in China.

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