Galangal Root

Used In: Classic - Immune - Focus - Chiea Vida


Galangal is an East Asian tropical shrub with lance-like leaves, iris-like flowers, and reddish brown, woody rhizomes. Various formulas feature galangal for treating “rebellious qi,” in which energies that should go down in the body try to come up, as hiccups, burps, and regurgitation.

Galangal root is a bitter root used to stimulate the release of gastric juices to assist digestion. It relieves bloating, constipation, sluggish digestion, and gas.

Although galangal root helps the intestine process fats, one of the chemicals in the herb, (HPH), has been shown to lower bloodstream cholesterol. Galangal can be used for dyspepsia and loss of appetite, and is also considered to be antispasmodic and antibacterial.