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Botanical Name: RHEUM EMODI

Family Name: POLYGONACEAE

Common Name: RHUBARB, HIMALAYAN RHUBARB, INDIAN RHUBARB, THUZNA, REVAT CHINNI

Part Used: SEEDS

Habitat: Throughout the valleys in Himalayan region at altitude of 3200m -5200m.

Uses: Used as purgative and astringent tonic. Its stimulating effect combined with aspirant properties renders it specially useful in atonic dyspepsia.

GIT: Used in both constipation and diarrhea- it is a dose dependent herb. The anthroquinones purge the bowel whilst the tannins astringe and maintain MUCUS MEMBRANES: Specific for mouth ulcers and ulceration of the whole GIT (anti-Helicobacter pylori) with pitta signs.

BLEEDING: Stops bleeding from heat- raktapitta conditions- hemorrhoids, ulcers.

CANCER: Useful adjunct to treatment to clear ama and remove toxins from the bowel.
It takes about 8 hours to work and should be combined with anti-spasmodic herbs to prevent griping. Beneficial in clearing the high pitta and kapha that manifests in dysentery and other damp-heat symptoms with blood and mucus in the stool- colitis, Crohn's. Used in post-fever constipation to clear ama. Also used to clear abdominal swelling.2

LIVER: It is a useful cholagogue and may be implicated in acute hepatitis with heat and cirrhosis with liver congestion. May be useful as part of a programme that purges small (less than 0.5mm) gallstones from the gall bladder.3

CHOLESTEROL: Reduces cholesterol (LDL) and is used to treat obesity.4

GYNAECOLOGY: Clears adhesions and clots in pitta/kapha problems- endometriosis, fibroids, dysmenorrhea. Also used in vaginal infections and STDs.5

MUCUS MEMBRANES: Specific for mouth ulcers and ulceration of the whole GIT (anti-Helicobacter pylori) with pitta signs.

BLEEDING: Stops bleeding from heat- raktapitta conditions- hemorrhoids, ulcers.

CANCER: Useful adjunct to treatment to clear ama and remove toxins from the bowel.

Constituents: Anthraquinone glycosides- emodin, aloe-emodin, rhein, sennoside, Tannins, Phenols, Oxalic acid.1

Ayurvedic Energetics:
Rasa (taste): Bitter, Pungent
Virya (action): Cooling
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
Guna (quality): Dry, Penetrating
Dosha effect: PK-, V+
Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, Blood, Fat
Srota (channel): Digestive, Excretory, Circulatory, Female reproductive

Ayurvedic Action:
Pachana- digests toxins, Amanashak- destroys toxins, Anuloma- directs the flow of vata downwards, a laxative, Rechanam- a medium strength laxative, Kriminashaka- vermifuge, Gulmanashaka- removes abdominal tumours and obstructions, Raktashodhana- blood purifier (Charaka, Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita, Bhavaprakasha)

Contraindications:
Pregnancy, lactation. Vata type Diarrhea with weakness. Not in gout. Not with physical debility as it drains the energy/ prana downwards

Source
1 Bensky and Gamble 1986
2 Tillotson
3 Mclean 2000
4 Chen 1995 cited in Tillotson
5 Bensky and Gamble 1986

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