Lesser Galangal

Latin name: alpinia officinarum
Other names: China root, colic root, East India catarrh, India root

What Is Lesser Galangal?
Lesser galangal is an herb from the ginger family, a perennial that grows to a height of about 5 feet, with flowers with white petals. It is cultivated as a spice and as a medicine throughout tropical Asia. It has a pleasant aroma and is suitable for all conditions where the central areas of the body need greater warmth.

What are the health benefits of Lesser Galangal?
In traditional Chinese medicine lesser galangal is a warming herb used for abdominal pain, vomiting, hiccups, and diarrhea. In India it is also used for arthritis and intermittent fevers. An infusion of lesser galangal can be used to alleviate painful canker sores and sore gums. It is often recommended as a treatment for seasickness.

Where can I find Lesser Galangal?
Lesser galangal can be found online through herb suppliers, in Asian markets, and in the offices of Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practitioners.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
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