Kulinjan (Alpinia galanga) Remedies: Halitosis, Bodyache, Sweating

By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Kulinjana or Mahabhari vacha is a most commonly used in oral healthcare, headache and bodyache.
Botanical name – Alpinia galanga Willd. Languas galanga and it belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. It is called Greater galanga, Thai ginger, Blue ginger in English. 

Earlier we use to procure this drug from neighbor countries and presently it is cultivated in East Bengal, South India and South Gujarat.

The rhizomes are the usable parts of this plant. It is rich with phlobaphanes, galangol, kaempferide, galangin, bassorin, gadenens, cineole-d-pinene, eugenol etc chemical constituents.

As per the Ayurvedic literature the plant is appreciated for its diaphoretic, stimulant, expectorant, digestive, carminative, anti flatulent, tonic and aphrodisiac properties. It is used while treating the cough, asthma, hoarseness of the voice, cold, flue etc.
Greater galangal is used as a substitute for Choapachini(China roots).
Read related: Alpinia galanga (Thai Ginger) Uses, Research, Remedies, Side Effects

Following are few of its simple and effective health recipes-
1. Fine powder of Kulanjan with honey for cough, cold and asthma:
The dried rhizomes are made into fine powder and mixed with honey. It is taken by licking. This is effective in cough, cold and asthma.

2. Fine powder with Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus) for excess perspiration and bad odor of the body:
Sariva and Kulinjana are taken in 2:1 ratio and fine powder is made. This is mixed with rose water and fine paste is obtained. This paste is applied all over the body 30 minutes prior to taking the bath. This is very effective in bad body odor.

3. Fine powder or small piece of Greater Galangal in tooth ache:
The fine powder of the rhizome or a small piece of the drug is taken and retained in the mouth or else the powder is rubbed to the gums in case of tooth ache. This effectively manages the mild toothy ache.

6. Chewing Alpinia galanga for bad breath:
Small piece of the rhizome is chewed regularly, immediately after the food intake. This is good in bad breath conditions.

5. Oil of the rhizomes of Kulinjan for joint pain and bodyache:
Traditional oil is prepared by adding the fine paste of the drug, oil and decoction of the drug. This oil is effective in joint pains and muscular pain including the generalized body ache. Especially in the body pain caused during the winter season it is very effective.

Alpinia officinarum Hance is also used in the place of Kulinjana with lesser effects. Tribal people process Kulinjana with cow’s urine so as to make it apt to use while treating the Rheumatoid arthritis and other joint disorders. Cultivation of Kulinjana can be made as an economic source for the agriculturists and NGOs and Government can take initiation in this regard.
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