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Home » Raw Herbs » Rhizome

Hedychium spicatum  BUCH.-HAM.

   

Botanical Name

:

Hedychium spicatum BUCH.-HAM.

English Name

:

Spiked Ginger-Lily

Family

:

Zingiberaceae

 

General Info

Description

It is a perennial herb. Leaves are oblong or oblong-lanceolate and may be 30.0 cm long or more. Flowers are white and are borne in dense and 30.0 cm long spikes. Corolla - tube is 5.0-6.0 cm long; segments linear. Lip is cuneate, deeply 2-fid and nearly sessile with rounded lobes. Filament is pale red; anthers linear. The capsules are glabrous and globose.

Herb Effects

The rootstock is carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. Vasodilator, alleviates spasms, hypoglycemic, antiasthmatic, antiinflammatory and stimulant (rhizome); anthelmintic and antimicrobial (essential oil from rhizome).

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Gamma-terpinene, cineol, beta-phellanderene, beta-terpineol and limonene (essential oil of rhizome); sitosterol and its glucoside (rhizome).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
gamma-Terpinene 99-85-4 1-methyl-4-propan-2-
yl-cyclohexa-1,4-die
ne
C10H16 Click Here To Enlarge
Cineole 470-82-6 2,2,4-trimethyl-3-ox
abicyclo[2.2.2]octan
e
C10H18O Click Here To Enlarge
beta-Terpineol 118-34-3 2-(hydroxymethyl)-6-
[4-(3-hydroxyprop-1-
enyl)-2,6-dimethoxy-
phenoxy]-o xane-3,4
,5-triol
C17H24O9 Click Here To Enlarge
Limonene 9003-73-0 1-methyl-4-prop-1-en
-2-yl-cyclohexene
C10H16 Click Here To Enlarge
Sitosterol 5779-62-4 17-(5-ethyl-6-methyl
-heptan-2-yl)-10,13-
dimethyl-2,3,4,7,8,9
,11,12,14, 15,16,17
-dodecahydro-1H-cycl
openta[a]phenanthren
-3-ol
C29H50O Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

In liver problems, asthma, bronchitis, as a stimulant, antiinflammatory and for increasing the secretion of gastric juices (rhizome). It is useful in the treatment of liver complaints, and is also used in treating vomiting, diarrhoea, inflammation, pains and snake bite.

Reference

Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.


Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

Uniyal et al., Medicinal Flora of Garhwal Himalayas.

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