Chitarathai is native to India, leaves dull dark green, lighter undersides. White with yellow and red variegated fragrant flowers resembling snapdragons.  It has very narrow foliage and stems and is a prolific plant. The medium size white and red flowers are attractive and appear on upright inflorescences. Chitharathai has nice reedy foliage but there is not much else going for it. This will only bloom on second year growth. A herbaceous plant which grows up to 1.5 m height. Leaves are green, glossy, long and narrow, 15-30 cm long and 2.5-5 cm broad. Rhizomes narrowly oblong, much branched and grow horizontally in the soil. Corolla segments are yellowish white and streaked with purple veins.Leaves, flowers and rhizomes are aromatic.


Internal Benefits of  Sitharathai ( Lesser Galangal ):- 

  • Digestive and respiratory ailments in infants and children
  • Rheumatic ailments
  • Digestive problems
  • Cough, headache, fever and indigestion
  • Increases sperm count.

How to Consume  Sitharathai (Lesser Galangal) Internally:-

  • Sitharathai for Cough: For cough with sputum, a piece of rhizome of this plant is slowly chewed. This is also good for vomiting issues.
  • Sitharathai for Infants and children: For all sorts of digestive and respiratory ailments in infants and children, this rhizome is baked or heated and given after mixing with honey and breast milk.
  • Chitharathai for Rheumatic Ailments :1 to 3 gram of powder of this rhizome is administered thrice daily for rheumatic ailments.
  • Chitharathai for Digestive Problems :For digestive problems, 1 to 5 grams of  powder of this rhizome can be administered twice daily before food.
  • Sitharathai for Headache and Fever: Adhimadhuram, Thaleesapathri, Arathai and Thippili can be powdered, mixed in equal quantity and given along with honey for cough, headache, fever and indigestion.
  • Chitharathai for Increase in Sperm Count :Recent research on this plant have proved that regular administration of powder or decoction of this rhizome increases sperm count and acts as an Aphrodisiac.

Direction for use: For Adults Mix one tea spoon of Sitharathai powder in a glass of warm water and drink.


Additional information

Weight 0.05 kg
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 cm


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