Traditional Malay medicine encompasses various kinds of ritual ceremonies intended to communicate with the world of spirits to determine whether the nature of an illness is physical or psychological. In such ceremonies, the aim is to summon and exorcise the spirits causing illness. A ritualist serves as a medium, and a small ensemble often provides the musical component.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Galangal or lengkuas

Alpinia galanga (L) is commonly known as galangal, greater galangal, Java galangal and Siamese Ginger or lengkuas. It is an aromatic, peppery, ginger-like spice.

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.

Lengkuas is a very potent, quick-acting heart pain reliever. It helps protects against angina pectoris, heart attacks, and gall bladder attacks caused by gastro-cardial pressure after heavy meals.

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
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