English: Indian crocus, Peacock ginger, Round-rooted galangal
Sanscrit: Bhoomi champa भूमी चम्पा, Bhucampakah
Hindi: Bhoomi champa भूमी चम्पा, Abhuyichampa
Malayalam: Chenganeer kizhangu-ചെങ്ങനീർകിഴങ്ങ് / Malankoova-മലങ്കൂവ
Peacock ginger or Blackthorn (Kaempferia rotunda) plant grows wild in shaded areas that are wet or humid, especially in forests in South India. It grows in gardens and is known for its beautiful flowers and foliage. It is an annual herb, growing up to 2 feet tall, it belongs to the ginger family, The flowers are white and red very attractive, and emerge from the ground so it is called Bhoomi Chamba in Sanskrit, which means flower of the earth. Rhizomes lay underground in the winter season and reappear and blossom for two or three days.
Useful plant parts: Rhizome
used to treat itch, scabies, blood clots and malignancies, tumors, swellings, and wounds.
Kaempferia rotunda, commonly known as “Krachai Dum” or “Black Ginger,” is a medicinal plant native to Southeast Asia. It has a long history of traditional use, particularly in Thai and Ayurvedic medicine. Here are some of the Ayurvedic uses of Kaempferia rotunda:
While Kaempferia rotunda has been used in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties, it’s important to note that it should be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Excessive or improper use can lead to adverse effects. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting any new herbal treatment. Additionally, some individuals may be allergic to certain plants, so it’s important to perform a patch test before using topically.
Medicinal properties: Antioxidant, acrid, thermogenic, aromatic, stomachic, anti-inflammatory, emetic, anti-tumor, anti-rheumatic
Chemical content: Toxin, benzyl benzoate, The tubers contain crotepoxide and beta-sitosterol. Tuber contains essential oil, and benzoic acid on hydrolysis.
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