Manipuri :Pullei manbi
Group :Angiosperm (Monocotyledon)
Species :officinarum (Gaertn.) Burtt.
Habit :Rhizomatous tall aromatic herb
Parts Used :Rhizome
Mode of Preparation :Rhizome is used as food stuff and also as spice. Rhizome is used as a spice specially for cooking meat.
Mode of use :Fresh
Ingredients :Bioassay-guided fractionation of the antiemetic constituents of Alpinia officinarum was performed, and 8 compounds including a new compound were isolated among the seven known copounds two flavonoids, 4 diarylheptanoids and one sterol were obtained with five of those compounds showing antiemetic activity in a copper sulfate induced emesis assay in young chicks. Compounds that shows antiemetic activity structure -5-hydroxy-7-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-3-heptanone.
Ailment Treated:Dried rhizome paste is chewed against intestinal worms, fever, cough, excessive body temperature and dyspepsia. Rhizome contain an essential oil and have a spicy odour. Rhizome is stimulant, carminative and stomachic.
Source:Grown wildly in the forest or cultivated in the valley areas.