Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Alpinia calcarata


Botanical name : Alpinia calcarata Rox.
Family : Zingiberaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Rasna, Sugandhamoola, Kulanjana

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : The greater galangal, Java galangal
Hindi : Kulanjan
Malayalam : Chittaratha

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial, aromatic, rhizomatous herb,1.8-2.1 m in height, leaves oblong, lanceolate, glabrous, acuminate, very shortly petioled, ligule short, rounded, ciliate, flowers fragrant, greenish white with red veined lips, in dense panicles; fruits capsules , orange red when ripe.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammations, cough, asthma, bronchitis, hiccough, dyspepsia, stomach pain, obesity, diabetes, migraine and intermittent fevers.
Useful part : rhizomes

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