A review of an important medicinal plant: Alpinia galanga (l.) willd

Aswin Rafif Khairullah, Tridiganita Intan Solikhah, Arif Nur Muhammad Ansori, Amaq Fadholly, Sancaka Cashyer Ramandinianto, Ribby Ansharieta, Agus Widodo, Katty Hendriana Priscilia Riwu, Naimah Putri, Annise Proboningrat, Muhammad Khaliim Jati Kusala, Briantono Willy Rendragraha, Akyun Rozaqi Syah Putra, Azharuddin Anshori

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Abstract

Middle class people who live in rural or urban areas often find it difficult to access modern health services, so they more often use traditional medicines obtained from herbal plants that grow around them. Alpinia galanga (Zingiberaceae), often referred to as galangal, is one type of herbal plant that is widely grown in Asia. Many developing countries cultivate this plant, including Indonesia. This plant has a variety of benefits, ranging from being used as a food flavoring, which creates a distinctive aroma in cooking. This plant can also be used as a treatment for various diseases. Although the galangal rhizome is the most widely used and studied part of the plant, the flower on the galangal plant can also provide additional benefits because these flowers have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, although their chemical composition is different from parts of the galangal rhizome. This study, therefore, aimed to describe the traditional use of rhizome galangal, its phytochemistry, its phytoconstituents, and its future prospects for identifying effective therapeutic compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-395
Number of pages9
JournalSystematic Reviews in Pharmacy
Volume11
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Alpinia galanga
  • Medicinal plant
  • Phytochemistry
  • Phytoconstituent
  • Traditional use

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