Ginger one of the best known medicines in Ayurveda, helpful in a lot of conditions especially for cholesterol, one of the best medicines to reduce weight and to relieve cold, bronchitis or fever. Ginger you can use nearly for everything – fresh or dry – inside or outside.
Scientific name: Zingiber officinale Rosc.
Family : Zingiberaceae
Useful part : Rhizome
Sanskrit name : Nagaram/ Sunti (dry ginger), Ardrakam (fresh ginger)
Ayurvedic properties :
- +Reduces kapha and vatha
- +Anti- emetic – relieves vomiting
- +Anti- flatulent – reduce flatulence
- +Anti- inflammatory – reduce infections
- +Relieves fever
- +Relieves cough, cold, running nose
- +Helps to reduce weight
- +Reduce cholesterol
Most important herb to improve the digestive power according to Ayuveda. The dried form of ginger is the most commonly used herb in the medicinal preparations. Fresh and dried forms are equally used in various Indian dishes. The dried form of ginger is recommended in loss of appetite, anemia, rheumatism, cough, breathing difficulties. The fresh form of ginger is used to relieve constipation, pain and aches, water retention, throat infections. Ginger is helpful in motion sickness, menstrual discomfort, arthritic pain, migraine, upper respiratory infections.
Studies have shown that ginger can slow blood clotting. Since ginger as such has the property to prevent clotting and reduce blood pressure, taking ginger along with blood thinning drugs (anti coagulant/ antiplatelet drugs) might increase the chance of bleeding and bruising.. Excessive intake of ginger can increase acidity or heart burn.