What is Rheum Emodi?
Revand Chini botanical name is Rheum Emodi, some other common names are Indian rhubarb, rawash, rheumemodi, and nettureval chini, it is a native of South-Eastern Russia. Rhubarb was introduced in Europe in comparatively recent times. It reached Britain only in the 16th century. It is now cultivated to a limited extent in Indian and Central Africa. The word rhubarb originates from Latin.
Rheum Emodi is a tall perennial herb with very stout stems and roots that are large with radical leaves. The dried rhizomes, that is the underground stems producing roots and leaf shoots constitute the drug. The rhizomes should be collected from six- or seven-year-old plants just before the flowering season and the roots barks should be retained.
The Indian Rhubarb stalks show it to consist of a substantial amount of moisture, protein, fat, mineral, fiber, and carbohydrates. The mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin C. Its calorific value is 26.
The Indian Rhubarb chemical compositions are glucoside rhaponticin and chrysophanic acid. The chief constituents of the herb are anthraquinone derivatives. The roots contain Rhein and emodin, it also has an essential oil containing eugenol, terpene alcohol, and a product believed to be methyl hepty ketone. It is one of the oldest recorded herbal drugs, being mentioned in a Chinese herbal remedy dated around 2700 B.
Rheum Emodi leaves are radical, orbicular, or broadly ovate, very large, and 30–45 cm in diameter with long petioles. Flowers are small, dark purple or pale red in axillary panicles, roots are very stout and thick.
Revand Chini / Rheum Emodi plant is used in the treatment of gastrointestinal infections, respiratory infections, and liver and skin infections. Rheum Emodi stalks can be cooked or eaten raw, some people dip raw stalks in sugar to remove some of the tartness.
What are the Benefits of Revand Chini / Rheum Emodi?
The Rheum Emodi is pungent and bitter in taste, it increases secretion and discharge of urine and has hot potency. It has laxative, antipyretic, astringent, purgative, hemostatic, cathartic, anthelmintic, anticancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-diabetic, and antiulcer properties.
Let’s check the health benefits of Rheum Emodi
In allopathic medicine, Rheum Emodi is used largely as a purgative, since it also contains tannins therefore after purgation it creates an astringent effect that causes constipation. It is thus suitable only in mild cases of constipation and not in chronic ones. It is milder than Senna leaves.
Due to astringent action, Rheum Emodi is beneficial in the case of Diarrhea caused by the presence of any irritating substance in the intestine.
It is a valuable everyday remedy for ailments of children, it is a safe purgative and reduces excessive acidity in the digestive tract of children.
It has anti-diabetic properties that help to maintain blood sugar and treat the blood sugar by maintaining the glucose level in the body.
For Fungal Infections
Rheum emodi rhizomes exhibited antifungal activity against Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, Trichophytonmentagrophytes, and Aspergillusfumigatus responsible for skin diseases in India.
Rheum emodi antioxidant properties help the body fight against flu and virus, it increases the immunity of the body.
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How to use Rheum Emodi?
Dosage and uses depend upon the health problems and conditions or as recommended by an Ayurvedic doctor. The general recommended dosage is 3-6 grams of Rheum emodi daily once a day.
Here are some home remedies for Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb
- Decoction of roots is beneficial in jaundice.
- Take 5 grams of Rheum Emodi root powder with aloe vera, Chebulic myrobalan, and aniseeds in lukewarm water. Helps to treat indigestion.
- Take Rheum Emodi root powder with dried roses or pomegranate or gum of acacia is beneficial in diarrhea.
- Take Rheum Emodi root powder and mixed with rose water, make a smooth paste, and apply it on Freckle and other skin marks.
- Take Rheum Emodi root powder and mix it with fresh milk, helps in Melasma.
- Apply Rheum Emodi root powder to the affected area of swelling and pain.
- Take 5 grams of Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb powder with water daily, helps to treat constipation.
- Take Rheum Emodi root powder with honey, helps to treat rhinitis and cough.
Apart from medicinal benefits, it is used in the preparation of jelly, sauces, beverages, and other desserts as a flavoring agent. The leaf stalks are sued in salads and vegetable cooking. Roots of Rheum Emodi are also used for dyeing red color on woolen and silk cloths.
Side Effects of Solanum Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb
All Ayurveda herbs are plant-based, and they don’ have any side effects but they may react with some allopathy or homeopathy medicine. It is better to consult the doctor if you are on any medications or have special health issues.
Some side effects are mentioned below
- Consult the doctor if you are breastfeeding.
- Do not take without a doctor’s prescription if you are pregnant.
- If you are on diabetes or hypertension medication. Consult first the doctor before consuming.
- If you are suffering from kidney disease, consult the doctor first before consuming Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb
- Do not take Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb with liquor, it may interact with it and cause drowsiness.
- Do not take Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb if you are suffering from diarrhea, bleeding per rectum, rectal prolapse, or fecal incontinence.
- It is not suggested for children below 12 years of age, the elderly, or physically or mentally weaker persons.
- Do not take Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb without a doctor’s prescription if you are suffering from chronic diarrhea.
- Do not take Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb without a doctor’s prescription if you had Kidney stones.
- Do not take Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb without a doctor’s prescription if you have Renal problems and gouty arthritis because it contains oxalic acid.
- Avoid consuming Rheum emodi if you have Liver related problems, as it may become worse.
- Do not take Rheum emodi / Indian Rhubarb without a doctor’s prescription if you are facing irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and appendicitis due to its purgative property.
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