ALPINIA Overview Information
Alpinia is a plant related to ginger. The horizontal underground stem (rhizome) is used to make medicine.
Alpinia is used to treat fever, muscle spasms, intestinal gas, and swelling (inflammation); to kill bacteria; and as a stimulant.
How does it work?
Alpinia contains chemicals that block certain steps in the swelling (inflammation) pathway.
- Bledding. Early research suggests that applying 4 mL of a specific product containing alpinia, licorice, thyme, stinging nettle, and common grape vine (Ankafer blood stopper) to the skin reduces bleeding during surgery but does not reduce time in surgery. Other early research suggests that applying the same product reduces bleeding after dental surgery.
- Intestinal gas.
- Swelling (inflammation).
- Other conditions.
ALPINIA Side Effects & Safety
Alpinia is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in foods.
Alpinia is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth for medicinal uses and when applied to the skin in a specific product also containing licorice, thyme, stinging nettle, and common grape vine (Ankaferd blood stopper).
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of alpinia during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Minor Interaction Be watchful with this combination
- Antacids interacts with ALPINIA
Antacids are used to decrease stomach acid. Alpinia may increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, alpinia might decrease the effectiveness of antacids.
Some antacids include calcium carbonate (Tums, others), dihydroxyaluminum sodium carbonate (Rolaids, others), magaldrate (Riopan), magnesium sulfate (Bilagog), aluminum hydroxide (Amphojel), and others.
- Medications that decrease stomach acid (H2-Blockers) interacts with ALPINIA
Alpinia might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, alpinia might decrease the effectiveness of some medications that decrease stomach acid, called H2-Blockers.
Some medications that decrease stomach acid include cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), nizatidine (Axid), and famotidine (Pepcid).
- Medications that decrease stomach acid (Proton pump inhibitors) interacts with ALPINIA
Alpinia might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, alpinia might decrease the effectiveness of medications that are used to decrease stomach acid, called proton pump inhibitors.
Some medications that decrease stomach acid include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), and esomeprazole (Nexium).
The appropriate dose of alpinia depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for alpinia. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.