Photo Credit: Rabindra Nath Shukla, Advisor, Jadibuti Association of Nepal (JABAN)
Vernacular Name: Pakhanved, Silpaado
English Name: Rock foil
Distribution: Himalaya (Kashmir to Nepal)
Parts used: Rootstock, seeds
Description: Perennial rhizomatous herbs; root 1cm in diameter, outer surface brown, rough, inner smooth. Leaves ovate or round, 5-15 cm long, turning bright red, entire. Flowers white, pink or purple, and 3.2 cm in diameter.
Use: Rootstock is bitter, astringent, diuretic, carminative, demulcent, aphrodisiac; also useful in fever, diarrhea, pulmonary afflictions and renal and muscular calculus. Rhizome paste is taken to get rid of roundworm.
Application: Decoction, juice, paste and powder of Rhizome
Reference: Joshi and Joshi 2001; A Compendium of Medicinal Plants in Nepal by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi 2006,