Clementsia semenovii (Rodiola semenovii)
Botanical Info Perennial herbs with long, thick rhizomes
Geography Central Asia, grows on wet rocky soil along the riverbanks
Chemical Content Contains dimeric and oligomeric proanthocyanidins,two major cyanogenic glucosides
rhodiocyanoside A and lotaustralin.
Traditional Use and Activity In Kyrgyzstan valued for endurance-enhancing and anti-hypoxic properties,contains dimeric and oligomeric proanthocyanidins which have been linked to the hypolipidemic, hypocholesteremic, and anti-inflammatory properties of extracts from this plant. Rhizome species are used treatment of the gastro-intestinal diseases, inflammation, tuberculosis, rheumatism, and heart diseases.