34 Proven Health Benefits of Galangal Root

34 Proven Health Benefits of Galangal Root

written by: Dr. Paul Haider
by: Dr. Paul Haider
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"Heals All Kinds of Health Problems with No Side Effects"

Galangal root is also known as Alpinia galanga has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic Medicine and works wonders for all kinds of conditions and has no side effects. It helps with inflammation, increases circulation, prevents heart attacks, heals skin problems, slows the aging process, helps with GI upsets, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood sugar, helps with asthma and bronchitis, and so much more.

Where it Grows - Galangal root is related to ginger and turmeric but it's a totally different species and it is widely used in cooking in Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and other countries. And galangal root has made its way to Europe and the US.

Easy to Grow - Galangal root grows like ginger and it's very easy to grow. Just take some fresh roots and plant them in moist soil with lots of light and they will grow... but they like lots of water.

Powerful Anti-Inflammatory - Galangal root is a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps with aches, pains, swelling, and redness. And it also works well for arthritis, rheumatism, foot pains, joint pain, and other inflammatory conditions. And since inflammation is the first step towards disease... it's very important to use anti-inflammatory foods and herbs on a regular basis.

Increases Circulation - Galangal root is great for increasing circulation in the body and thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and other diseases. Studies in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria show that Galangal tea can help prevent heart attacks by increasing circulation to the coronary arteries.

Heals Skin Problems - Galangal tea also soothes away eczema, psoriasis, red and irritated skin, and fungal infections. Either drinking the tea or rubbing fresh slices of galangal root on the skin works.

Great Taste - Galangal tea has a pungent taste similar to ginger and pepper and it's very tasty. With a little bit of honey or stevia galangal tea wonderful.

Heals Acne - Taking a slice of Galangal and rubbing it on areas heals the irritations quickly. Also, the dried powder made into a paste can be used.

Heals Dandruff - Taking some freshly grated Galangal and adding a bit of olive oil and rubbing that mixture on your scalp heals dandruff... and the powder can also be used.

Heals Hiccups - In China galangal root is used in combination with Codonopsis pilosula and fu-ling fungi for hiccups.

Anti-Aging Agent - Galangal tea contains lots of antioxidants that help to slow the aging process and rejuvenate wrinkled skin.

Great for Headaches and Migraines - Galangal is very soothing and relaxing and melts away headaches and migraines.

Lowers Blood Sugar - Galangal tea also lowers blood sugar levels thus making it great for diabetics.

Full of Antioxidants - Galangal root is full of wonderful antioxidants that help to prevent and heal DNA damage. Antioxidants such as Vitamins A and C, quercetin, emodin, galangin, beta-sitosterol, alpinin, kaempferid, and lots of flavonoids.

Boosts Up Our Immune System - Galangal tea also boosts up our immune system. Studies in China showed that galangal tea might prevent the replication of the HIV virus... more studies to be done.

Galangal Tea Great for the GI Tract - Galangal tea is very soothing and restorative for the GI tract. It helps with gas, cramping, nausea, vomiting, sluggish digestion, constipation and more.

Lowers Cholesterol and Trigs - Studies in China and Korea have shown that Galangal tea lowers LDL or bad cholesterol and triglycerides and inhibits fat synthesis.

Induces Sleep - Galangal tea is relaxing, soothing, and helps a person to fall asleep. And some people tend to have vivid dreams when taking galangal root tea.

Prevents Cancer - Studies in the UK show that Galangal tea contains acetoxy chavokol acetat and transconiveril diacetate that inhibit tumor growth.

Protects Liver and Heart from Toxic Chemicals - Galangal tea also helps to protect our liver and heart from toxic chemicals. And now that we live in a toxic world this is very important.

Reduces Fevers - Galangal root almost instantly reduces fevers... it's pretty amazing.

Freshens Breath - Galangal root if chewed after meals will freshen your breath... similar to parsley.

Deodorizer - Taking Galangal root tea on a regular basis helps with body odor.

Soothing for the Liver - Galangal tea or capsules are soothing and rejuvenating for the liver and gallbladder.

Antibacterial - Galangal tea and capsules kill food-borne bacteria that create diarrhea and other infections. Galangal tea kills E. Coli, Salmonella, Clostridium, Staph, Campylobacter, and Bacillus infections.

Great for Motion Sickness - Like ginger galangal tea is also very good for healing motion sickness when traveling.

Great for Coughs and Mucus - Galangal tea is very good for soothing away coughs and getting rid of excess mucus.

Helps with Respiratory Challenges - Galangal root is great bronchiole dilator for asthma and bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.

Warms the Body - If you are going to a cold climate take galangal tea and you will not feel cold at all because it increases circulation.

For Great Stamina - In Indonesia they make a drink called "Jamu" which is garlic, hot peppers, galangal, and tamarind which are blended together with water to make a revitalizing juice for boosting stamina. Want more get up and go then drink this "Jamu" and you will feel great.

Used for Cooking - Galangal is widely used in Asia as a wonderful spice for curries for fish, meat, seafood, rice dishes, with fruit, mushrooms, and veggies.

Dose - As a powder up to 6 grams can be taken daily. As a tincture use, 20 drops 3 times a day. In capsules for motion sickness take 250 mg 3 times a day.

Forms - Galangal comes in powders, fresh root, capsules, cut dried root, fortified wines, tinctures, and more. If using the dried root soak the roots in water overnight before using.

Finding - Galangal root tea, capsules, powder, and other forms can be found at some health food stores, on Amazon, on eBay, and other places on-line.

Making Tea - Take a 2-inch piece of galangal and slice it thin, place the slices in a cup of boiling water and steep for 15 minutes and drink. If using powdered galangal take a 1/2 teaspoon of powder and place in a cup of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes and drink.

No Side Effects - Galangal tea or capsules in normal doses does not have any side effects. But it does slow down the release of lipase by the pancreas so use it in moderation like all herbs. But as always those who are pregnant, nursing, or small children should not take galangal root. I recommend taking all herbs for no more than 7 to 10 days and then taking a break... and then repeating if needed.

Enjoy Galangal Root!

Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist

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