Botanical Name: Rheum australe
Common Name: Padamchaal, Aakaashe chuk, Chulthi amilo, Gandhini, Amalved
English Name: Rhubarb
Parts Used: Leaf stalk and Root
Habit and Habitat: Himalaya (Himachal Pradesh to Nepal), China
Description: Rosbust herb, 1-2 m high, root and rhizome solid, cylindrical, outer surface irregularly wrinkled. Leaves large, radical, 60 cm in diameter, petiole very long, 1 m in length and over 1 cm in width, brown externally, white externally. Flowers small, 3 mm in diameter.
Uses: Root is a tonic, mild laxative; useful in dyspepsia, diarrhoea, anorexia, constipation, urticaria and septic wounds. Powdered root is externally applied to indolent ulcers and in forehead for relief from headache. Rheum is very popular in homeopathic medicine.
References: “A compendium of Medicinal Plants in Nepal” by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi (October’ 2006)