Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 1176–1178 | Cite as

Secondary Metabolites from the Rhizomes of Alpinia officinarum

  • C. Y. ChenEmail author
  • C. L. Lin
  • C. L. Kao
  • H. C. Yeh
  • H. T. LiEmail author
  • C. T. ChangEmail author

The traditional system of medicinals consists of a large number of plants with various medicinal and pharmacological properties and hence represents a priceless resource of new bioactive molecules. Alpinia officinarum Hance (Zingiberaceae), also known as lesser galangal, is indigenous to Southeast China and Indochina and the plains of West Bengal, Assam, and Eastem Himalayas in India [1]. It is a perennial herb with thick, creeping reddish-brown rhizomes, lineolate acuminate ornamental leaves, and showy white flowers in racemes. It has been used conventionally both in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine since the very early times and in Europe since the Middle Ages [1]. The rhizome has been used in China for relieving stomachache, treating colds, invigorating the circulatory system, and reducing swelling. The dry root and rhizome have been used for their antioxidant, antidiarrheal, anti-emetic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anticoagulation effects [2]. In continuation of some studies...



This investigation was supported by a grant from the Fooyin University of the Republic of China (Grant No. FYU1700-105-05).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Medical and Health SciencesFooyin UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of PharmacyFooyin University HospitalPingtungTaiwan
  3. 3.Tzu Hui Institute of TechnologyPingtung CountyTaiwan
  4. 4.Department of Medical Laboratory Science and BiotechnologyFooyin UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  5. 5.Department of Clinical LaboratoryYuan’s General HospitalKaohsiungTaiwan

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