Zedoary is a plant. The underground stem (rhizome) is used to make medicine.
Traditional methods for preparing zedoary involve washing it with lots of water to remove most of the protein and water-soluble nutrients. The rinsing is also supposed to remove a poison that is yet to be identified.
Zedoary is used for colic, spasms, loss of appetite, and indigestion. Some people also use it for anxiety, stress, fatigue, and pain and swelling (inflammation).
Zedoary is sometimes applied directly to the skin to keep mosquitoes away.
How it works
There is not enough scientific information available to know how zedoary might work for medical conditions. Zedoary has not been studied in people. It has only been studied in animals or in test tubes. Some of this research suggests that zedoary can act like an antibiotic. It also might repel mosquitoes.
Not ProvenColicSpasmsImproving appetite and digestionInflammationAnxiety and stressFatigueUse as a mosquito repellentOther conditions
There isn't enough information to known whether zedoary is safe. So far, no harmful side effects have been reported.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It isUNSAFEto take zedoary if you arepregnant. There is concern that it might cause amiscarriage.Dosing considerations for Zedoary.
It's also best to avoid zedoary if you are breast-feeding, since there isn't enough scientific information to know how it might affect a nursing infant.
Heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia): Some experts suggest that zedoary should not be used by women who have heavy menstrual periods.
No information available.