Rhus chinensi L

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Family Name:

Anacardiaceae

Local Name/

Titar, Tatrak, Sumak/Sumac

English Name:

Flowering Period:

March-July

Status:

Rare

Part Used:

Whole plant

Habit/Habitat:

A dioecious tree, grows in waste, shady, and cold places

in clay loam.

Distribution:

Pakistan: Swat, Hazara, Murree Hills, Margallah Hills,

and Kashmir. World: Afghanistan, India, and western

Nepal.

Description:

A small dioecious tree up to 4 m tall. Stem erect,

branched, and woody, with grayish bark. Leaves

compound, 10-12 leaflets, petiolate, opposite, lanceo-

late, toothed, upper surface dark green, under surface

gray to whitish. Flowers unisexual, numerous, small,

white to creamy, in clusters. Fruit drupe, small,

rounded globose, in clusters, single-seeded (Fig. 3.78).

Fig. 3.78 Rhus chinensis L

Family Name:

Anacardiaceae

Medicinal Uses: Collection:

Recipes:

2 kg of fresh fruit and 1 kg of roots are collected by men 20-35 years old, in summer (July-September). Roots are used fresh, whereas fruit is dried in shade for 8-10 days. Roots are cleaned and washed in water 2-3 times and cut into small 1-2-in. pieces. (a) 1 kg of dried fruit is boiled in 6-7 cups (1,5002,000 mL) of water for 25-30 min; when 3-4 cups (750-1000 mL) of water is left, it is filtered with a cloth. Next, 300 g of sugar is mixed into this filtrate and boiled again for 10-15 min. Then it is put in a glass bottle and given to patients suffering from jaundice, asthma, and cough. For children, 1-2 tsp (10-15 mL) of decoction is mixed in 1 cup (250 mL) of water (at one time) and given 2-3 times per day for 14-15 days. For adults, 3-4 tsp (25-35 mL) of decoction is mixed in 2 cups (500 mL) of water (at one time) and given 3-4 times per day for 25-30 days.

Family Name: Anacardiaceae

(b) 250 g of dried fruit of Rhus chinensis, 250 g of dried seed of Punica granatum, 250 g of dry rind of Punica granatum, 250 g of dried Foeniculum vulgare, and 300 g of sugar (gur) are mixed together and ground for 25-30 min. This powder is then stored in a glass or plastic pot and given to patients suffering from asthma, jaundice, and body inflammation. For children, 1-2 tsp (8-12 g) of powdered drug (at one time) is given with 1 cup (250 mL) of water 2-3 times per day for 10-15 days. For adults, 3-4 tsp (20-25 g) of powdered (at one time) is given with 1 cup (250 mL) of water 2-3 times per day for 20-25 days.

(c) 1 kg of fresh roots is cleaned, washed 2-3 times with water, and cut into small 1-2-in. pieces. Then the pieces are boiled in 6-8 cups (1500-2000 mL) of water for 20-30 min. When 3-4 cups (750-1000 mL) of water is left, it is filtered with a cloth. This decoction is stored in a glass bottle and given to patients suffering from jaundice. For children, 1-2 tsp (10-12 mL) of decoction (at one time) is mixed in xh cup (125 mL) of water and given 2-3 times per day for 10-15 days. For adults, 3-4 tsp (25-30 mL) of decoction (at one time) is mixed in 2 cups (500 mL) of water and given 2-3 times per day for 25-30 days.

Diseases Cured: Jaundice, cough, asthma, and body inflammation.

Ethnobotanical Leaves are used as fodder by goats and sheep. The plant

Uses: is also used as firewood when dry.

Phytochemicals: Tannins, raffinose, sucrose, glucose, fructose, rhamnose, myricetin, quercetin, kaemferol, gallic acid, methyl gallate, ellagic acid, gallotannin, gallic acid, benzofuran lactone, rhuscholide A, 5-hydroxy-7-(3,7,11,15-tetramethylhexadeca-2,6,10,11-tetraenyl)-2(3H)-benzofuranone, betulin, betulonic acid, moronic acid, 3-oxo-6^-hydroxyolean-12-en-28-oic acid, and 3-oxo-6^-hydroxyolean-18-en-28-oic acid [1,65].

Fig. 3.79 Rosa brunonii Lindley

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