Aug 18, 2013

Kulanjan - Sithirathai

Botanical name: Alpinia Calcarata
Common Name: Snap Ginger, Cardamon Ginger, Galangal
Hindi: Kulanjan, Granthimula
Sanskrit: Rasna, Sugandhamoola, Kulanjana
Malayalam: Chittaratha,Artta
Assamese: Sugandhi bach.
Oriya: Chitrartha.
Tamil: Chithirathai, Nattarattai.
Telugu: Dumparastramu.

Note: It should not be confused with ginger (Zingiber officinale).

Alpinia Calcarata is native in India, leaves dull dark green, lighter undersides. Alpinia calcarata is a very easy and vigorous species to grow. It has very narrow foliage and stems and is a prolific plant. Its narrow habit is not nearly as attractive as many of the better foliage Alpinia. The medium size white and red flowers are attractive and appear on upright inflorescences. It grows well in medium sun in well drained rich soil. Alpinia carcarata has nice reedy foliage but there is not much else going for it. If you live in a frost free area you will get some pretty flowers, but like other Alpinias, this will only bloom on second year growth

Medicinal Benefits:

It has been used for thousands of years in traditional eastern medicine. Kulanjan looks a lot like ginger and shares some of its healing properties. It warms the body, helps digestion, and works as an effective anti-nausea remedy. Kulanjan is used as a fragrant spice in East Asian cooking. Hundreds of years after the Chinese, Europeans discovered that Kulanjan could help cure sea sickness.

Kulanjan is used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine to aid digestion and help with abdominal discomfort. It fights nausea, prevents or stops vomiting, and effectively treats diarrhea. Indian Medicine recognized Kulanjan for its anti-inflammatory properties and used it to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps break up mucus and create more productive coughs in patients. More recently, Western researchers have discovered that Kulanjan can help kill cancer cells and prevent cells from becoming malignant. The rhizome of lesser Kulanjan is used to hiccup, cough, metabolic disorder, asthma and joint pain.

Uses in Ayurveda and Sidhha:
Alpinia Calcarata is widely used in Classical Ayurvedic recipes in formulations for: Rheumatoid arthritis, Joint inflammation, Cough, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Indigestion, Dyspepsia, Obesity, & Diabetes.

Take 3 Grms daily at once after food with Honey or mix in warm water and drink or as advised by the Naturopaths. Do not overdose.

Note: Siddha treatment is based on complete physical examination of the patient, Naadi diagnosis, and other diagnostic criteria of the disease. The content given in this article is purely meant for information and education purpose only. Kindly consult a Siddha physician before any sort of self medication.

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