Pink and Blue Ginger
Pink and Blue Ginger (Fen Hong He Lan Jiang)
Botanical Name: Curcuma aeruginosa Roxb.
Pink and blue ginger (Curcuma aeruginosa Roxb.) has the same medicinal properties as black turmeric (Curcuma caesia) though they are different species in the genus Curcuma. Both are mainly used medicinally and most commonly to prevent cancer cells from growing. This herb also treats bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, and provide pain relief caused by toothaches, osteoarthritis, and stomach disorders. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is in the same genus, but it is a different plant from these two.
Below is an overview of Pink and Blue Ginger (Fen Hong He Lan Jiang), combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Pink and Blue Ginger (Fen Hong He Lan Jiang).
Western Name: Pink and Blue Ginger
Also Known As: Dark Blue Temu, Temu Hitam, Waan-maa-haa-mek
Organs/Systems: Immunity, Respiratory, Digestive, Skin
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Anthelmintic, Depurative, Anti-inflammatory, Anticancer, Analgesic, Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Antiasthmatic, Antipyretic, Aromatic. Diarrhea, fungal infections, colic, asthma, cough, obesity, rheumatism, scurvy, itchy skin, mental anxiety and confusion, accelerates release of the lochia, bronchitis, pneumonia, toothaches, stomach disorders, support immune system, prevent cancer.
Pin Yin: Fen Hong He Lan Jiang (translates as Pink and Blue Ginger)
Also Known As: Shen Lan Se De Temu (translates as Dark Blue Temu), Waan Mahaameak (Thai name)
Meridians: Lungs, Stomach, Liver
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Clears Heat/Calms Cough/Supports Lungs: coughs, cold, pneumonia, fevers, asthma, bronchitis, headaches. Relieves Pain: sore throats, toothache, rheumatic, stomach aches. Soothes Stomach: poor appetite, indigestion, stomach aches, diarrhea. Cleanses Blood/Moves Blood: promote menses, release afterbirth. Soothes Skin: detoxing, rashes, ringworm, scabies, itchy skin, fungal infections.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Root, Rhizome
Flavors/Temps: Very Bitter
Caution: Considered safe.
History/Folklore: Pink and blue ginger contains 27 different compounds. 75% of them are monoterpenoids and sesquiterpenoids. The terpenoids, flavonoids, phenylpropanoids and sesquiterpenes found in pink and blue ginger collectively exhibit powerful anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
Pink and blue ginger is very bitter and not typically used as a condiment the way other yellow or white species of turmeric are. Like black turmeric, it is mostly used medicinally.
Pink and blue ginger accelerates the release of the lochia. (Also called the postpartum period, it is the vaginal release of the puerperium containing blood, mucus, and uterine tissue. This discharge can continue for 4-6 weeks post childbirth.)
A pinch of the powdered root can be applied directly to toothaches. Crushed fresh pink and blue ginger can be applied to wounds. Chewing on a piece of the roots will aid digestion. And a poultice or mash of fresh root can be applied to rheumatic joint pain areas to relieve the swelling and pain.
The combination of Curcuma aeruginosa, hexane extract, and minoxidil is being studied as an effective botanically derived inhibitor of 5a-reductase that inhibits male-pattern balding.
A dye can be made from the roots.
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Terpenoids (including Cineole, Camphor, Borneol), Curcumin, Sterols, Organic acids, Fatty acids, Sugars.
Mix with Pepper
The properties of pink and blue ginger and black pepper compliment each other, significantly increasing the release of the powerful constituent curcumin, found in ginger and turmeric plants.
Pink and blue ginger is edible, but it is so bitter that it is mainly used as a medicine.
Pink Tips and Grayish-blue Centers
Pink and blue ginger is distinguished by its rhizome having pink tips and grayish-blue centers.
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