Thursday, December 11, 2008

Kaempferia galanga L.

Family : Zingiberaceae

English Name : Galanga and Maraba

Origin : South east asia


Kaempferia galanga is an almost stemless plant that develops its few short-lived leaves and the flower at ground level.


Forests of India

Parts Used : Rhizome and tuber

Herb Effects

Carminative, diuretic and expectorant (tuber); cytotoxic (rhizome).

Active Ingredients

Ethyl cinnamate, n-pentadecane, camphene, carene and borneol (essential rhizome oil).

Medicinal Use

As a carminative, diuretic and expectorant; in treating nausea, flatulence, dyspepsia, halitosis, rheumatism, catarrh and enteritis (tuber). Powdered tubers are administered for coughs and pectoral affections.


From 15 to 30 grains in substance, and double in infusion.
Fluid extract: 30 to 60 minims.


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