Linn.Family ► Polygonaceae.Habitat ► The temperate Himalayas, Assam, Bengal, Western Ghats and the Nilgiris.English ► Golden Dock.Ayurvedic ► Kunanjara.Unani ► Seeds—Beejband, (siyah or safed), Jangali Paalak.Action ► Leaves—catharitic; externally applied to burns. Seeds— incorporated in sex-tonics as aphrodisiac. (Seeds of Sida cordifolia and Abutilon indicum are also used as Beejband.) Roots are used as a substitute for rhubarb.The leaves contain anthraquinones both in free and bound forms. The fruits contain rumarin (0.12%) rutin and hyperin. The seeds contain 5.1% tannin.The roots are purgative; contain chrysophanic acid, saccharose and tannin (6%).The seeds and leaves contain ru- marin, rutin, hyperin, chrysophanic acid, charose, tannin, emodin and its monoethyl ether, beta-sitosterol and its glucoside.Habitat ► The temperate Himalayas, Western Ghats and the Nilgiris.Folk ► Kulli (Kumaon).Action ► Root—purgative. A substitute for Rheum palmatum. Leaves— an infusion is given in colic, externally applied to syphilitic ulcers.The roots contain nepodin, chryso- phanic acid, also 12.8% tannin.
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