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Lesser Galangal Dried (raw) / Chitharathai / Sitharathai


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Quick Overview

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

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Chitharathai / Sitharathai / Lesser Galangal Dried (raw)

  • Botanical Name: Alpinia Calcarata
  • English Name: Lesser Galangal 
  • Tamil Name: Chitharathai, Sitharathai
  • Hindi Name: Kulanjan
  • Malayalam Name: Chittaratha, Kolinchi
  • Telugu Name: dumparaashtrakamu
  • Chitarathai is native to India. It has leaves that are dark green on the tops, but lighter underneath. It also has flowers that are white and red, and they look like snapdragons. Alpinia calcarata is easy to grow and usually lives for more than 10 years. The flowers are white and red, and they grow on upright stalks. This plant likes medium sun, well-drained soil with rich nutrients in it.


  • Alpinia calcarata has pretty leaves and flowers that are yellowish white with purple veins. 
  • It grows up to 1.5 m, like most alpinias. 
  • The leaves are long and narrow, 15-30 cm long and 2.5-5 cm broad, which is the usual for this plant type.
  • It is also herbaceous (doesn't have a stem) and grows horizontally in the soil (unlike most plants).
  • The available product quantities are 100gm,250gm,500gm,1000gm.


  • The benefits of Chitharathai (Lesser Galangal) are: 
  • Helps with digestive and respiratory problems in children. 
  • Helps with rheumatic problems. 
  • Helps with chronic problems such as cough, headache, fever and indigestion. 
  • Increases sperm count.