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Alpinia, also known as Galanga minor, Chinese root or Alpinia minor, is a medicinal plant known to help treat digestive disorders such as insufficient production of bile or gastric juices and difficult digestions.
Its scientific name is Alpinia officinarum, and it can be purchased at he alth food stores, compounding pharmacies or free markets. This is a medicinal plant similar to ginger, as only the root of this plant is used to prepare teas or syrups.
What is Alpinia for
This medicinal plant can be used to treat various problems, such as:
- Helps increase the production of bile or gastric juice;
- Helps treat loss of appetite;
- Improves digestion, especially in cases of digestion of fatty or heavy meals;
- Induces menstruation in cases of absence of menstruation;
- Relieves inflammation and toothache;
- Helps treat skin and scalp irritations and infections;
- Relieves abdominal pain and spasms, including biliary colic.
Alpinia can also be used to improve appetite, being an option for patients who are looking to gain weight.
Alpinia's properties include anti-spasm, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic action. In addition, the properties of this medicinal plant also help to regulate the production of secretions.
As with ginger, the fresh or dried root of this medicinal plant is usually used in the preparation of teas, syrups or tinctures. In addition, its dried root powder can also be used as a condiment in food, having a flavor similar to ginger.
Alpinia tea for indigestion
Tea from this plant can be easily prepared using the dried or fresh root of the plant, as follows:
1 teaspoon dried alpinia root, chopped or powdered;
Place the root in a cup of boiling water and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain before drinking.
This tea should be drunk 2 to 3 times a day.
Alpinia syrup with honey
- 1 teaspoon dried or fresh alpinia root powder. If using the fresh root, it must be finely chopped;
- 1 teaspoon marjoram powder;
- 1 teaspoon celery seed powder;
- 225 g of honey.
Start by heating the honey in a bain-marie and when it is very hot, add the remaining ingredients. Mix well, remove from heat and reserve in a glass jar with a lid.
It is recommended to take half a teaspoon of syrup 3 times a day for 4 to 6 weeks of treatment.
In addition, capsules or tinctures of this plant can also be purchased, which must be used according to the directions on the package. Generally, it is recommended to take 3 to 6 capsules a day with meals, or 30 to 50 drops of tincture diluted in liquid, 2 to 3 times a day.
When not to use
Alpinia should not be used by pregnant or nursing women as it can cause miscarriage.