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Alpinia zerumbet  (Pers.) B. L. Burtt & R. M. Sm.

   

Botanical Name

:

Alpinia zerumbet (Pers.) B. L. Burtt & R. M. Sm.

English Name

:

Shell ginger, Shell flower, Light galangal, Variegated ginger

Synonym(s)

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Zerumbet speciosum J.C. Wendl., Alpinia speciosa (J.C. Wendl.) K. Schum., Languas speciosa (J.C. Wendl.) Small, Catimbium speciosum (J.C. Wendl.) Holttum

Family

:

Zingiberaceae

 

General Info

Description

A herbaceous shrub that grows to about 6 ft (1.8 m) tall. Leaves are about 2 ft (0.6 m) long and 6 in (15.2 cm) across and strikingly variegated with irregular stripes of green and yellow. Flowers are white, tipped in pink, and borne in long pendant arches. Fruit is globose with many striations.

Herb Effects

As a stomachic, carminative, astringent, tonic and sedative (rhizome); diuretic, antihypertensive, and antiulcerogenic (decoction or infusion of leaves).

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Terpinen-4-ol (leaves)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Terpinen-4-ol Not Available 4-methyl-1-propan-2-
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Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

Used as a bath against fevers (decoction of leaves); for stimulating digestion and in the treatment of dyspepsia, flatulence, vomiting, gastralgia, colic, diarrhoea and malaria (rhizome); to treat stomach disorders, vomiting and dyspepsia (plant); to clear cold, invigorate the spleen and warm the stomach (seed).

Contraindication

It stimulates the uterus and hence it is contraindicated in pregnancy.

Reference

de Moura RS, Emiliano AF, de Carvalho LC, Souza MA, Guedes DC, Tano T, Resende AC. Antihypertensive and endothelium-dependent vasodilator effects of Alpinia zerumbet, a medicinal plant. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2005 Sep;46(3):288-94.

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