Rheum emodi

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Rheum emodi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rheum
Species: R. emodi
Binomial name
Rheum emodi

Rheum emodi, commonly known as Himalayan rhubarb, is a medicinal herb used in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine. It belongs to the family Polygonaceae. The plant is found in the sub-alpine and alpine Himalayas at an altitude of 4000 meters.


Sanskrit - Amlaparni, Revatchini; Bengali - Rheuchini, Banglarevanchini; Gujarati - Gamnirevanchini; Hindi - Revand chini.

Chemical constituents[edit]

Hydroxyanthracene derivatives are mainly emodin, chrysophanol and their glycosides.[1] Other hydroxyanthracene derivatives are rhein, aloe emodin and physcion and their glycosides.[2]


  1. ^ Indian Herbal Pharmacopia Vol. II, Page-123
  2. ^ Shah C.S., Quadry J.S., and Bhatt J.G., Planta Med., 22, 103(1972).