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Alpinia Galanga - RASANA

Alpinia Galanga - RASANA

 

Alpinia Galanga - RASANA


Kulanjan - Alpinia Galanga

English Name

Botanical Name

Family

Sanskrit Name

Hindi Name

Greater galangal, Java
galangal

Alpinia galanga

Zingiberaceae

Rasna, Sugandamula

Kulanjan, Kulinjan

Rasna is a perennial, aromatic, rhizomatous herb, 1.8-2.5 m in height. Leaves are oblong, lanceolate,glabrous, acuminate, with very short petiols, ligules short, rounded, ciliate. Flowers are fragrant,greenish white with red veined lips, in dense panicles. Fruits are capsules, orange red when ripe.

Used parts: Rhizomes

Ayurveda advises Rasna in vitiated conditions of Vata and Kapha, arthritis, inflammations, stomatopathy, cough, asthma, bronchitis, hiccough, dyspepsia, obesity, diabetes, tubercular glands and intermittent fevers.

Qualities (Ayurveda)

Taste

Bitter

Quality

Acrid, heavy

Potency

Hot

After digestion taste

Pungent

Special action

Actions

Thermogenic, aromatic, nervine tonic, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, aphrodisiac, expectorant, bronchodilator, anti-inflammatory and tonic

Useful conditions

Vitiated conditions of Vata and Kapha, arthritis, inflammations,stomatopathy, asthma, bronchitis, hiccough, dyspepsia, obesity, diabetes, tubercular glands and intermittent fevers

Rasna has a slight irritant reaction on mucous membrane of the stomach, hence prolong usage is not advisable.

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