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Facts about rubia cordifolia: Uses and benefits

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Rubia cordifolia belongs to the coffee plant family Rubiaceae, which is a species of flowering plants. There are about 70 species distributed worldwide, with 36 species and two varieties reported in China
  • In Traditional Chinese Medicine, rubia cordifolia is known as Radix rubiae. It’s listed in the Chinese Pharmacopeia, and is said to help alleviate a wide range of health issues, such as arthritis, dysmenorrhea and nose bleeds
  • One of the most popular uses for rubia cordifolia is for skin health. The powdered root can be mixed with a small amount of honey and applied to skin areas that have been injured or damaged by infection to facilitate tissue healing

Did you know that prior to the production of synthetic and chemical-based dyes, people relied on plants, including herbs and spices, to give fabrics their vibrant colors? One of the plants that were popularly grown for this purpose is rubia cordifolia. It was used in Asia and exported in large quantities to other areas of the globe. It’s planted as an ornamental climber as well.


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