Scientific name: Hedychium spicatum.

Family name: Zingiberaceae


Shati is a small shrub growing to a height of 2-3 feet and is found in the Himalayan range and mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan. The rhizome is white colored inside, long, bitter and has a strong odor and flavor. The leaves are 10-12 inch long, wide and smooth.
Chemical composition:
α-pinene, β-pinene, limonene, camphor, linalyl acetate, β-terpineol, β-caryophyllene, benzyl cinnamate, benzyl acetate, γ-terpinene, β-phellandrene, methyl paracumarin acetate, cinnamic ethyl acetate, ethyl cinnamate, sesquiterpene alcohols, and hydrocarbons.
Rasa – katu, tikta, kashaya
Guna – laghu, tikshna
Virya – anushna
Vipaka – katu
Karma- Kaphavatahara

  1. Digestion: Shati is extremely useful in digestive disorders like loss of appetite, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
  2. Respiratory problems: Zedoary rootstalk is useful in treating asthma, bronchitis, and hiccup. It also gives relief from bronchospasm and bronchial asthma.
  3. Cardiac health: The use of Shati rhizome works well in cardiac debility and cardiac health.
  4. Headache: It is good to relieve headaches, especially in cases of chronic sinusitis. Method: Here the nasal administration (nasaya) of shati taila, mitigates headache and phlegm, especially Kapha origin.
  5. Joint pain: The massage of Shati (Hedychium spicatum) oil over the joints helps to relieve joint pain and its swellings.

Is Shati safe?
Yes it is good for health but should be consumed only under the supervision of doctor.
Pregnant and breast feeding ladies should avoid it.