Rhizoma Alpiniae Officinarum


The rhizome of Alpinia officinarum Hance, family Zingiberaceae.

Rhizome ramified-terete and curved, 5-9 cm long, 1.0-1.5 cm in diameter. Epidermis brown-red, with wavy ringed nodes; intemodes 0.5-1.0 cm long, with root scars under the node. Section grey-brown, fibrous, stele being one third of the section. Aromatic in odour. Acrid in taste, heat in nature, and attributive to spleen and stomach channels.

Dispel cold and warm the middle jiao, alleviate pain and relieve vomiting: For deficiency-cold of the middle jiao with cold pain in the abdomen and vomiting.

Pharmacological Action
1. Bacteriostatic.
2. Its 0.25~0.75% decoction stimulates while 1.0-1.25% decoction inhibits the intestinal peristalsis of guinea pigs in vitro.

Administration Decoction: 3-10g


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