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Generic: Alpinia
treats Osteoarthritis and Diuresis

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Adults (18 years and older)

Based on available scientific evidence, there is no proven safe or effective dosing for alpinia. A typical dose of alpinia is 2- 4 grams of the herb per day or one cup of the tea, 30 minutes before meals. The tea is prepared by steeping 0.5- 1 gram in 150 milliliters hot water for 10 minutes and then straining. To increase the flow of urine, 0.8 gram of Alpinia speciosa in 100 milliliters of water over seven days has been used.

Children (younger than 18 years)

There is currently not enough scientific evidence to recommend the use of alpinia in children.


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Avoid in patients with known allergy to alpinia or the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family.

Side Effects and Warnings

Alpinia is generally considered to be well- tolerated, with few adverse effects. Alpinia has Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the US, and is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in foods.

Decreased blood pressure, pruritus (itching), abnormally slow movements or alterations in movement, diuresis, and prolonged sleep time have been reported following use of Alpinia speciosa.

Adverse effects of taking Alpinia galanga may include decreased blood sugar levels or mild gastrointestinal complaints.

Elevated red blood cell levels have also been noted.

Caution is advised in patients with diabetes; in patients taking blood sugar- lowering medications; in patients with electrolyte imbalance; in patients with low blood pressure; or in patients with known allergy to the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Alpinia is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women due to lack of available scientific evidence.

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