Rumex hastatus D

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Family Name:


Local Name/

Khatimal, Khatembul/Yellow sock

English Name:

Flowering Period:




Part Used:

Whole plant


A bushy perennial small shrub, mostly grows in waste lands

on dry, hard, and sandy soil.


Pakistan: Hazara, Tirah, Malakand, Peshawar, Chitral,

Drosh, Swat, Gilgit, Murree, and Kashmir. World:

Afghanistan, India, Bhutan, and West China.


A bushy small shrub up to 2 ft tall. Stem erect, branched,

herbaceous above and woody below, pale green to light

brown. Leaves simple, pale green, hastate; lobes are

directed outward. Flowers small, numerous, pinkish in

terminal paniculate clusters. Fruit pinkish and one-

seeded nutlet (Fig. 3.82).

Rumex Hastatus
Fig. 3.82 Rumex hastatus D. Don

Family Name: Polygonaceae

Medicinal Uses:

Collection: xh kg of fresh roots is collected by men and women

20-40 years old, in winter (December-March), then cleaned and washed in water 2-3 times, and cut into small 1-2-in. pieces.

Recipes: xhkg of fresh roots of Rumex hastatus and 250 g of fresh bark of Quercus incana are boiled together in 4 L of water for 1-2 h. When 1 L (4 cups) of water remains, it is filtered with a cloth; 250 g of sugar, 1 kg of coarsely ground flour (sooji), and 250 g of fat (desigee) are added to it, and the mixture is cooked for 10-15 min. This sweet meal (halwa) is given to patients suffering from cough, asthma, and fever. For children, 2-4 tsp (3040 g) of drug (at one time) is given 2-3 times per day for 3-4 days. For adults, 8-10 tsp (80-100 g) of drug (at one time) is given 2-3 times per day for 10-15 days.

Diseases Cured: Asthma, cough, and fever; and for general body weakness in cattle.

Family Name: Polygonaceae

Ethnobotanical Young leaves are used in chutneys and as spinach (sag) to Uses: improve taste, and as a flavoring agent. The plant is also used as fodder by cattle, goats, and sheep. Phytochemicals: Nepalin, nepodin, rumicin, hastatusides A and B (1 and 2, resp.), resveratrol, rumexoside, torachrysone-8-yl _b-D-glucopyranoside, rutin, and orientaloside [27, 68].

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