Botanical name: Zingiber officinale
What is Ginger?
Ginger is the dry form of ginger hence also called dry ginger. Dry ginger is known as vishwabheshaja in Ayurveda, a versatile herb due to its high therapeutic value and disease-curing properties.
Ginger is a rhizome. It is called Adrak (ginger) in wet form and Ginger (Dry ginger) when dried by a specific process. The rhizome is highly fibrous and has a pungent taste. Ginger is specially used as a digestive and soothes inflammatory conditions. It contains Essential oil, pungent constituents (Gingerol and Shogaol), resinous matter, and starch.
Ginger in Ayurveda
Shunthi is kapha- vata shamak, which means it pacifies the doshas, i.e., vata and kapha dosha. Shunthi is pungent in taste, but its veerya (potency) is cooling and vipaka is sweet (madhur).
Shunthi is a vital herb in Ayurveda, it aids in digestion with its deepan (appetizer) and pachan (digestive) properties. It reduces the symptom of excessive thirst; it manages pain due to its anti-inflammatory property
Benefits of Ginger
- Promotes digestion:
Shunthi has a pungent taste and is known to act as an appetizer when taken before a meal. It aids digestion and helps give relief to abdominal pain caused due to indigestion from food.
2. Effective on the respiratory system:
It is effective on cough and cold symptoms since it helps reduce the kapha dosha.
3. Potent antipyretic:
The formulation preparation of Ginger is potent in lowering the temperature due to fever. The juice of ginger has been used in various formulations since it helps with fever.
- Reproductive health:
The herb possesses vrushya property, which helps improve vigor and vitality and boosts reproductive health in both males and females.
- External application of the herb:
Fine powder of the herb is used for external application to reduce pain, swelling, and other conditions such as:
- Headache due to cold
- Pain and swelling at the joints.
- Fine powder mixed with oil is used for external application in cases of hypothermia.
How to consume Ginger?
Ginger powder (a pinch) is added to milk for easy digestion of milk.
Alepaak (Ginger candy) is used in motion sickness and nausea.
Ginger / small piece of ginger with lime juice and salt is taken as an appetizer to help support weight gain.
- Juice of ginger mixed with honey is used to relieve symptoms of cough.
Formulations containing Shunthi
Pachak Aid capsules
Dose of Shunthi powder: 0.5 to 1 gm
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