Phytochemistry Reviews

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 113–125 | Cite as

Biological and chemical properties of Zingiber zerumbet Smith: a review

  • C. B. Singh
  • Kh. Nongalleima
  • S. Brojendrosingh
  • Swapana Ningombam
  • N. Lokendrajit
  • L. W. Singh


Numerous researches have been carried out in Zingiber zerumbet Smith. Since 1944 till date. Z. zerumbet is a monocotyledonous perennial medicinal plant belonging to Zingiberaceae family. It is commonly known as shampoo ginger. It has many different local names depending on their area of collection and vegetation. It is called as ‘Singkha’ in Manipuri. Various compounds have been reported to be isolated from Z. zerumbet and they serve a very potent and reliable drug candidate for the various diseases. They have been investigated for its prospects of effectiveness against number of activities in in vitro as well as in vivo and mechanisms that may be involved in chemo preventive measures and various pharmaceutical studies.


Anti-cancer Anti-inflammation Anti HIV Anti-AD (Alzheimer’s disease) Multipotential bioactivities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. B. Singh
    • 2
  • Kh. Nongalleima
    • 2
  • S. Brojendrosingh
    • 2
  • Swapana Ningombam
    • 1
  • N. Lokendrajit
    • 3
  • L. W. Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.S Kula Women CollegeNambolIndia
  2. 2.Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable DevelopmentImphalIndia
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryManipur UniversityCanchipurIndia

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