Common Name: Mango Ginger
Curcuma amada is a perennial plant growing around 80cm tall.
The plant is occasionally cultivated in tropical areas, especially India, for its root, which is used medicinally and as a mild ginger spice[
E. Asia - India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand.
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Plants are adapted to growing in areas of seasonal drought in monsoonal forests[
Prefers a humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in a shaded position[
The root is used as a mild ginger-flavoured spice in pickles[
The root contains an essential oil and pungent principles[
]. It strengthens the stomach and digestive system, is carminative and expectorant[
It is used internally to treat a wide range of digestive problems such as wind, stomach pain, bad breath, loss of appetite, hiccups, indigestion, colic and constipation[
]. It is also used internally in treating coughs and other chest complaints such as bronchitis[
The mashed or grated root is applied externally to the skin in the treatment of ulcers, bruises, wounds and sprains[
The aromatic root is used in perfumery[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. Germinates best at temperatures around 20°c[
Division of the rhizome when the plant is dormant.
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