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Leh: In the high hostile peaks of the Himalayas where sustaining life is a challenge
in itself, Indian scientists say they have found a "wonder herb" which can regulate
the immune system, help adapt to the mountain environment and, above all,
protect from radioactivity.
Rhodiola, a herb found in the cold and highland climate, has led India's leading
scientists to wonder if it is the end to the quest for "Sanjeevani", the mythical herb
that gave renewed life to Ram's brother Lakshman in the epic Ramayana.
Locally called 'Solo' in Ladakh, the qualities of Rhodiola were largely unknown so
far. The leafy parts of the plant were used as vegetable by locals. However,
research by the Leh-based Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) is
exploring the therapeutic values of the herb that shows it can do wonders for the
troops posted in difficult high altitude areas like the 5,400-metres-high Siachen
glacier.

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Rhodiola has led India's leading scientists to wonder if it is the end to the quest for
"Sanjeevani".

"Rhodiola is a wonder plant that has immunomodulatory (enhancing immune),


adaptogenic (adapting to difficult climatic condition) and radio-protecting abilities
due to presence of secondary metabolites and phytoactive compounds unique to
the plant," R.B. Srivastava, Director, DIHAR, told IANS.

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"A concerted effort involving conservation, propagation and sustainable utilisation


of this unique medicinal herb will surely result in rediscovery of Sanjeevani for the
troops deployed in extreme climatic condition along Himalayan frontiers," said the
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The Leh-based lab of the Defence Research and Development Organisation


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"While its adaptogenic qualities can help the soldiers in adjusting to the low
pressure-low oxygen environment, the plant has also been found to have antidepressant and appetizer properties," said Srivastava.
In the barren glacier of Siachen where white is the only colour visible for miles,
depression is a problem troops face. The high altitude and harsh climate also
make them lose appetite.
DIHAR has already developed Herbal Adaptogenic Appetizer, and Herbal
Adaptogenic Performance Enhancer that improves performance in extreme high
altitude conditions, and has been highly appreciated by the Army.

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Rhodiola is also found in other parts of the world with other countries like the US
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The plant has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to combat high-altitude
sickness, while in Mongolia physicians prescribed it for tuberculosis and cancer.
Researchers in Russia studied its impact on athletes and later on cosmonauts.
Some other qualities the plant is found to be containing in studies across the world
include fast recovery after heavy workout, memory enhancement, and cardiac
stress reduction.
"Our research reveals its potential for anti-aging, tissue regeneration, protecting
neurons during lack of oxygen, and cognitive improvement," said Sunil Hota, who
is working on investigating medicinal properties of the plant at DIHAR.

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O.P. Chaurasia, ethnobotanist with DIHAR for nearly two decades, told IANS that
they have successfully established a field gene bank and Rhodiola plantation of
nearly two acres in the premise of the laboratory.

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"We are trying in-vitro propagation of the plant to increase its population," added
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