Galangal is native to Thailand, Vietnam, and parts of China, and is widely used as a culinary ingredient in these regions. It is an excellent digestive, excellent for nausea, morning sickness, flatulence, and general digestive upset. Its digestive uses are similar to those of ginger, and they are often paired. It less spicy that ginger, and less likely to irritate those prone to heartburn and acid reflux. Galangal can also aid in breaking a fever, especially when taken hot. It also boasts antibacterial and antifungal properties, and is often used for tonsillitis and inflamed or infected gums. It can also help to clear congestion. Galangal is an all-around excellent herb for viruses and colds.