Galangal, is well known throughout Thailand as "Kha" for its distinctively sharp sweet taste and fragrance. Like Turmeric, Galangal is a member of the ginger family and this very popular culinary herb is used in soups and curries.
Galangal is used in many Asian formulations for upper respiratory infections including colds and sore throat.
Galangal is known to inhibit nitric oxide production. Nitric Oxide relaxes the smooth muscular cells of the blood vessels allowing the blood vessels to expand.
Galangal may help to promote male fertility. Animal studies showed increased sperm count and mobility and a study in Denmark where galangal was combined with pomegranate fruit extract found a 3X increase mobile sperm in healthy human males.
There is a growing body of scientific research supporting the use of galangal to help fight a broad range of human cancers and tumors. One study indicates that galangal significantly destroyed gastric cancer cells.