|BOESENBERGIA PANDURATA - FINGERROOT.|
Kaempferia pandurata, Boesenbergia rotunda.
Fingerroot, temu kunci, finger root, gazhutu, kachai, krachai, kasay, Chinese ginger, Thai ginger, suo shi, Chinese key, fingerwurz, Cínan zázvor, Kínai gyömbér, Gajutu, Bông nga truât.
Zingiberaceae (Ginger family).
Finger root is a tall ginger with large beautiful pink - purple flowers; the long tubers sprouting in the same direction from the middle of the rhizome.
It has a strong typical odor.
There are culinary applications as a spice in the Indonesian - and Thai cuisine; in this last one it plays an important role in flavoring.
In folk medicine in Suriname and Southeast Asia, the rhizome is used for swelling, wounds and diarrhea.
Fingerroot contains a significant amount of several polyphenols as important constituents that show an antimutagenic effect (an agent that inhibits mutations).
These antimutagenic phytochemicals may play an important role in the prevention of cancer.
It also contains Pinostrobin, which is a very potent flavonoid inducer.
For more details on the Phytochemistry and Pharmacology go to the: Medicine from Nature page.
A tincture can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent.
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USDA zone 9 B - 11.
Needs full sun and sandy loam soil; plant in frost free areas.
It can also be grown in a pot indoors or as an ornamental garden plant.