วันศุกร์ที่ 6 กุมภาพันธ์ พ.ศ. 2552

Thai galangal root can fight cancer



Thai galangal root can fight cancer

According to London researchers from the King's College, eating spicy Thai curry or other Thai food spiced with Galangal, could restrain the growth of cancer cells.

Tests have revealed that Galangal (Alpinia galanga) a ginger-like root know as Kha or Siamese ginger and in Thailand mostly used to flavor many Thai food dishes, appears to kill cancer cells.
A scientific team from the King's College in London, believes the galanga root can not only fight human cancer cells but also protect healthy cells from developing into cancer cells.

Galangal, the ginger-like root, is used as an alternative treatment for stomach cancer in most of Thailand and also taken as an aphrodisiac.

The London researchers who tested galangal-root extracts on breast and lung cancer cells uncovered that the Thai herb reduced incidence of the disease more than three-times.
Experiments have proven the claim that galangal could treat cancer.
But we need to conduct more tests, said Professor Peter Houghton, study leader of the King's College scientific team.


What is Galangal: The Thai herb Galangal (known in Thailand as Kha) is an erect annual plant with aromatic, ginger-like rhizomes. It is most commonly used in Thailand as a spice in Thai cooking and this for over 1,000 years. Galanga is also known as Siamese ginger or Kha

In Thailand and most other countries in Asia, the Galangal root is also used as an alternative medication for arthritis, diabetes, diarrhea, spasms and to combat inflammation and bacteria.
The name Galangal is a corruption of the Chinese word for ginger.
Galangal grows in Thailand, India and southern China, and has been introduced to the West by Greek and Arab physicians, its approximately 0.04 percent volatile oil has been proven to be very useful in many therapeutic treatments.


Source: MCOT Thailand News

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