Galangal (Galangae rhizoma)

Published September 18, 1986; Revised March 13, 1990.
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Galangtwurzelstock

Name of Drug

Galangae rhizoma, galangal rhizome, lesser galangal rhizome.

Composition of Drug

Galangal consists of the dried rhizome of Alpinia officinarum Hance [Fam. Zingi-beraceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The rhizome contains essential oil, pungent principles, and flavonoids.

Uses

Dyspepsia, loss of appetite.

Contraindications

None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

Tincture (according to Erg. B. 6):
2 - 4 g; Rhizome:
2 - 4 g. Mode of Administration Comminuted drug, powder, as well as other galenical preparations for oral application.

Actions

Antispasmodic
Antiphlogistic (inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis)
Antibacterial.