Did you know that there’s an Ayurvedic herb that works overtime to ensure that the three most important elements of your body – blood, plasma, and fat – stay healthy and well? Today, we’ll be talking about the medicinal herb, Revand Chini.
Revand Chini (Hindi name) typically grows at higher altitudes (8,000 – 13,000 feet) across the Himalaya and Sikkim belt and is collected in the months of October and November. This perennial shrub comes with rhizome roots and big, edible leaves. It belongs to the Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) family of plants.
This herb is known by many names such as Indian Rhubarb (English name), Rheum Emodi (Scientific name), and Revatika (Sanskrit name). Generally, there are three types of rhubarbs you’ll come across: Indian/Himalayan, Chinese, and Rhapontic. Moving on, let’s understand how you can benefit from this miraculous Ayurvedic herb.
Revand Chini’s Comprehensive Uses
Medically and therapeutically speaking, the Indian rhubarb roots and rhizomes are of maximum value and can be used for internal as well as an external application. They are dug up, dried, and ground to a powder before it can be used.
It may be interesting to note that chewing this herb produces a yellow tinge in the urine, however, it is harmless if taken in the correct dosage. Let’s look at some of its all-round uses and how you can leverage its health advantages:
- When applied externally, it helps in cleaning the teeth.
- It is used along with other Ayurvedic herbs to treat indigestion. Plus, it helps in boosting saliva production and toning the intestines.
- It aids in ulcer healing when sprinkled externally.
- For marks and skin issues, its root’s paste is applied along with vinegar.
- For melasma, Revand Chini’s root powder is mixed with milk and applied.
- It helps in cases of anorexia and alcoholism.
- It treats respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis.
- It alleviates issues related to constipation and dyspepsia.
- It helps in treating liver disorders such as hepatitis and jaundice. Plus, it aids in bile secretion and can be used as a liver tonic to reduce fat.
- It also helps in cases of water retention and cirrhosis.
You can consume Indian Rhubarb in the form of an infusion or take it in the powder form. Its recommended dosage is as follows:
- Powder: 0.2–1.0 gm
- Capsule: 1-2 capsules, twice a day.
How to Consume Revand Chini?
1. For Revand Chini Powder:
a. Take less than 1 gm of Revand Chini churna.
b. Mix with lukewarm water.
c. Consume twice a day post meals.
2. Revand Chini Capsule:
a. Take 1 Rhubarb Capsule, twice a day.
b. Swallow with water post meals.
3. Revand Chini Paste:
a. Make your own Revand Chini’s root paste and mix the powder with rose water or honey as its after-effects cause hot potency.
Important: Please note that consuming 1 gram or more of this herb produces a laxative effect, whereas consuming 3 grams leads to a purgative action. Hence, it is highly recommended that you seek expert help and understand the correct dosage for your body based on your medical history, allergies, body type, etc.
Revand Chini’s Physical Properties
- It is bitter, sour, and pungent tasting.
- It is light, sharp, and drying in nature.
- It comes with hot potency.
- It is known to reduce Vatta and Kapha while increasing Pitta in a person’s body.
Revand Chini’s Medicinal Value: At a Glance
- Mild purgative agent (cleansing): Produces a strong laxative effect.
- Astringent: Constricts tissues.
- Antipyretic: Reduces fever.
- Stomachic: Aids in better digestion and increases appetite.
- Laxative: Aids in better bowel movement.
- Hemostatic: Prevents bleeding.
- Emmenagogue: Stimulates menstrual flow.
- Anthelmintic: Removes parasitic worms.
Revand Chini’s Multi-Purpose Benefits
Revand Chini comes power-packed with a host of nutrients and minerals such as protein, fat, fibre, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, phosphorous, iron and vitamin C. As you may have guessed, it works in different ways to treat a variety of health issues like:
To treat stomach cramps and get rid of constipation, mix Revand Chini, sauf (fennel), and Triphala powder in equal amounts. Consume a small teaspoon of this powder with water.
To treat issues such as acidity and indigestion here’s the suggested remedy: Take equal amounts of Revand Chini, coriander seeds, and mishri and grind to a fine powder. Consume this mixture with lukewarm water, twice a day for best results. Conversely, Acharya Balkrishna suggests that to treat stomach ulcers and combat other digestive issues, you should take 2-3 pieces of Revand Chini and boil it in your pulse/dal and vegetables (sabzi). Once it is boiled, you can chew these pieces and get immediate relief.
Asthma And Cough
To get relief from asthma and cough, Acharya Balkrishna suggests that you take 1 gm of Revand Chini and grind to a powder or you can also take a ready-made powder. Mix it with one glass of warm water and consume twice a day.
To treat hives (a kind of skin infection), take 1 gm of the root powder along with mishri twice a day.
If you’re experiencing uremia, you can consume a decoction of 1 gm of Revand Chini in 100ml of warm water.
Acne / Pimples / Pigmentation
For frequent acne breakouts and pigmentation issues, you can make a paste of its root powder and mix it with white Chandan and apply externally. This mixture also helps those who have oily skin. Plus, it adds a healthy glow to the skin.
To treat piles, you can apply Rhubarb paste topically. Here’s the suggested remedy: Take ½ – 1 teaspoon of Revand Chini root paste and add rose water to it. Then, apply on the piles mass after passing stool.
You can apply it twice a day for the desired results.
To treat wounds and ensure speedy recovery especially if you’re suffering from diabetes, here’s the suggested remedy: Take ½ – 1 teaspoon of Revand Chini powder and add rose water/honey to it as per your preference. Apply this paste on the wound gently and let it rest. Try this for 2-3 times a week.
Revand Chini’s Side-Effects & Precautionary Measures
When it comes to Revand Chini’s application and consumption, it should not be used in the following cases:
- Chronic Diarrhoea
- Gouty arthritis
- Uric acid diseases
- Renal or gall bladder stones
Along with refraining from use in the above-mentioned health conditions, the following factors need to be kept in mind:
- Pregnant and lactating mothers should refrain from using it.
- Avoid using it for a longer time period.
- Note that using it will depart a deep, yellowish colour to the urine.
Where You Can Buy It Online?
If you’re wondering about Revand Chini’s price, here’s a quick summary of the popular brands that sell this medicinal herb for your reference: