Fingerroot, Boesenbergia rotunda and its Aphrodisiac Activity

Pharmacognosy Reviews,2017,11,21,27-30.
Published:April 2017
Type:Review Article
Authors:
Author(s) affiliations:

Oranun Ongwisespaiboon1, Wannee Jiraungkoorskul2

1Mahidol University International College, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand

2Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Abstract:

Boesenbergia rotunda (Family: Zingiberaceae) as known as fingerroot is a daily food ingredient and traditional medicinal plant in Southeast Asia and Indo-China. It has been shown to possess anti-allergic, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiulcer activities and also shown wound healing. Its common phytochemical components include alkaloids, essential oils, flavonoids and phenolics. This plant is rich in boesenbergin, krachaizin, panduratin and pinostrobin, all of which has been reported to contribute to its remedial properties including aphrodisiac property. Based on established literature on the aphrodisiac property of B. rotunda and possible mode of action, this review article has attempted to compile that B. rotunda could be further explored for the development of potential aphrodisiac treatment.