Family: Zingiberaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Amada.

English Name: Mango ginger.

Description of the Plant

A leafy rhizomatous herb, rhizome pale yellow inside, smell like green mango. Leaves long-peliolate, in tufts, the blade 30-45 cm long, oblong-lanceolate. Flowers in dense spike, 7.5-15 cm long, in the centre of the tuft of leaves. Flowering bracts greenish white, coma bracts tinged with pink or red.

Actions and Uses

Rhizome is cooling, appetizer, stomachic, carminative, antipyretic, aphrodisiac and laxative; useful in biliousness, bronchitis, asthma, hiccup, all kinds of itching and skin diseases. Roots are diuretic, maturant, emollient, expectorant, astringent; useful in diarrhoea, gleet, lumbago and stomatitis.

Chemical Constituents

d-a-Pinene, d-camphor, 1-ß-curcumene as hydrochloride, d-curcumene, phytosterol have been isolated from rhizomes (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1990)



Share Your Thoughts