Information on Galangal

Latin NameAlpinia officinarum
Other NamesLesser galangal
Part UsedRhizome
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA tall perennial aromatic plant (related to ginger) of the tropics, with long, slender leaves and white flowers.
DescriptionGalangal is used in much the same way as ginger for stomach pains, dyspepsia, loss of appetite, enteritis, and nausea and vomiting. It is a traditional spice commonly used in Thai and Indian cooking.

Galangal has a taste of PUNGENT and a temperature of HOT.


Decoction1 cup 2 x daily
Tincture1-3 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Galangal

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Indigestioncarminativetincture, tea
Nauseaanti-nauseanttea, tincture


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