Distribution of Alpinia (Zingiberaceae) and their use pattern in VietnamNguyen Phuong Hanh1*, Nguyen Quoc Binh2 and Bhupendra Singh Adhikari3
- *Corresponding Author:
- Nguyen Phuong Hanh
Department of Plant Resources
Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR)
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)
18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 20, 2014; Accepted date: March 10, 2014; Published date: March 17, 2014
Citation: Hanh NP, Binh NQ, Adhikari BS (2014) Distribution of Alpinia (Zingiberaceae) and their use pattern in Vietnam . J Biodivers Endanger Species 2:121. doi:10.4172/2332-2543.1000121
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Genus Alpinia under the family Zingiberaceae is one of the important medicinal plants in Vietnam, which has a greater role in day to day life of Vietnamese people. Many species viz. Alpinia galanga, Alpinia oxyphylla and Alpinia conchigera are traditionally used in folk remedies to treat diseases like cold, stomachache, bloating, digestive disorders and joint pain and are very effective. Until now, there are many species used to treat incurable diseases such as fatty liver, cirrhosis of liver and cancer. The present paper deals with the distribution and traditional knowledge of different species of Alpinia among Vietnamese.