Galanga, Alpina galangal, is well known throughout Thailand as “Kha “ for its distinctively sharp sweet taste and fragrance. Like Turmeric, Galanga is a member of the ginger family and this very popular culinary herb is used in soups and curries.
Galanga has a long history of use in various medicinal traditions. In African-American folk medicine galanga is referred to as “chewing root” said to settle the stomach and aid digestion. Traditional Chinese medicine prescribes galanga to relieve stomach pain, vomiting, hiccups and diarrhea. Galanga is often to relieve motion sickness as well as morning sickness.