Lesser Galangal Rhizome

Source Lesser Galangal Rhizome is the dried rhizome of Alpinia officinarum Hance, (Fam. Zingiberaceae.)

Producing Areas Guangdong and Guangxi, etc.

Properties Spicy, Hot

Channels Spleen, Stomach


  • Dispels cold and warms the middle jiao, alleviates pain and relieves vomiting
    For deficiency-cold of the middie jiao with cold pain in the abdomen and vomiting.
  • Treats cold pain in the stomach and epigastrium
  • Treats cold pain in the abdomen with diarrhoea and indigestion
  • Relieves toothache due to pathogenic wind-fire

Usage and Dosage
3-6 g is used in the decoction for oral use.
Also for external use.

Keep in a cool and dry place, and protect from moths.

Contraindicated in the patient with vomiting due to stomach-heat, diarrhoea due to dampness-heat, and hyperactivity of fire due to yin-deficiency.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is reddish brown in colour, fragrant, pungent, hot and with few branches.

Professional Tips

Identifying Gaoliangjiang and Ganjiang (Rhizoma Zingiber is):

Differences: Gaoliangjiang is used for warming the stomach while Ganjiang is used for warming the spleen.