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Kaempferia galanga - Chandramoolika

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Chandramoolika, Kaempferia galanga

Chandramoolika is a monocotyledonous plant in the Ginger family, and one of four plants called galangal. It is found primarily in open areas in Indonesia, southern China, Taiwan, Cambodia, and India, but is also widely cultivated throughout Southeast Asia.


Cold, Bronchial complaints, Dyspepsia, Gastric problems, Headaches, Sore throats, Cough, Asthma, High blood pressure

Parts Used

Rhizomes, Leaves.

Chemical Composition

Lesser galanga rhizome contains about 2.5 to 4% essential oil, whose main com­ponents are ethyl cin­namate (25%), ethyl-p‑methoxy cin­namate (30%) and p‑methoxy cinnamic acid; further­more, 3‑carene-5‑one was found (Phytochemistry, 26, 3350, 1987)[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kachchura, Kachhoora
Hindi Chandramula, Sidhoul
Malayalam Kachhuram, Katjulam
Tamil Kacholum, Pulankilanku
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Chandramoolika, corakah
English Aromatic Ginger, Resurrection lily, Lesser galangal, Sand ginger


Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.









Perennial herb



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Non-Palm Foliage Foliar Arrangement Along Stem is Basal and Foliar Venation is Parallel



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Tubular, Cruciform / Cross-shaped Purple, White Flower Grouping is Cluster / Inflorescence and Flower Location is Terminal


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
7–10 mm (0.28–0.4 in.) long pome clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown With hooked hairs {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Division of the rhizomes.

How to plant/cultivate

A plant of the moister tropics with a distinct dry season, it prefers a humid climate and a minimum temperature that seldom falls below about 18°c[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Open forest, Forest edges, Bamboo forest, At elevations up to 1,000 metres

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