Distribution: Cultivated throughout South-east Asia
Description: Perennial herbs. Leaves oblong-lanceolate. Inflorescence terminal on the leaf shoot, dense-flowered. Flowers greenish-white, streaked with red. Fruit globose, orange-red.
Habitat: Widely cultivated
Flowering & Fruiting: April-December
Parts used: Rhizomes
Properties & Uses: Rhizomes are bitter, acrid, aromatic, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, aphrodisiac and febrifuge. Rhizomes are used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammations, cough, asthma, bronchitis, hiccough, dyspepsia, stomachalgia, obesity, diabetes, tubercular glands and intermittent fever.