Lengkuas was used as an aphrodisiac during the Middle Ages in western Europe as well as in Asia. Lengkuas is made into a hallucinogenic drink in New Guinea, which is said to have aphrodisiac properties.
Lengkuas is the source plant and popular remedy for rheumatism and respiratory ailments. It is also used as a spice and the volatile oil attracts more international interest because of its high medicinal value.
It has many applications in traditional medicine such as against skin diseases, indigestion, colic, dysentery, enlarged spleen, respiratory diseases, cancer of mouth and stomach, treatment for systemic infections and cholera, as an expectorant, after childbirth.
Galangal or lengkuas