Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kaempferia galanga

Botanical name : Kaempferia galanga Linn.
Family : Zingiberaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Gandhamoolaka, Sathi, Dravidaka, Chanda

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Crocus
Hindi : Chandramoola
Malayalam : Kacholam,Kachoram

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial aromatic herb with very fragrant rhizomes.2 or 3 leaves arise from the rhizome and spreads on the ground, fragrant, round-ovate, with short petioles; flowers white with purplish spots in axillary fascicles; fruits 3-celled capsules.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, skin diseases, wounds, fever and nasal obstruction.
Useful part : Rhizomes

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