Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3833


A review account on medicinal value of Hedychium spicatum Buch-Ham ex Sm: Vulnerable medicinal plant

Dinesh Giri *, Sushma Tamta and Aseesh Pandey
Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, Department of Botany, D.S.B. Campus K. U. Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002 India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 December 2010
  •  Published: 29 December 2010


The objective of this study was to compile a review note on distribution, medicinal properties, trade value and problems associated with an important medicinal plant, Hedychium spicatumBuch-Ham ex Sm (Zingiberaceae). The underground part (rhizome) is useful in preparation of indigenous medicine like the crude extract of the rhizome has been used in preparation of an anti cancerous drug. Essential oil (commercially known as ‘Kapur Kachri Oil’) from rhizomes showed antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. On the basis of comprehensive study of literature it has been found that this species is commercially exploited from its natural habitat. Hence, prioritization needs to be done for propagation and conservation of H. spicatum.


Key words: Zingiberaceae, medicinal plant, rhizomes, anti-cancerous drug, propagation and conservation.