Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Alpinia galanga (L.) WILLD.

English Name : Greater Galangal

Family : Zingiberaceae

Origin : Java

Rhizome irregularly knotty; externally brownish black; homogenous and fibrous; fruit when fresh of the size of small cherries, obovate, soft, deep orange red colour.

Lowlands of West Bengal, Bihar and Assam.

Parts Used : Seed and rhizome

Herb Effects
Aromatic, stimulant, aphrodisiac, antifungal, hepatoprotective, cardiovascular and central nervous system stimulants, diuretic, hypothermic (rhizome); antiulcer (seed).

Active Ingredients
Ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, cadinene, camphor, eugenol, galangin, kaempferide, methyl-cinnamate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin (rhizome); caryophyllene-oxide (seed); terpinen-4-ol (plant).

Medicinal Use
Used in fevers, catarrhal affections, rheumatism, incontinence of urine, bronchitis and as a carminative (rhizome).

Powder: 15 to 20 grains.
Infusion: from 30 to 60 grains.


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