Also known as:
Adi, Adrak (fresh), Sonth (dried) (Hindi), Inchi (Malayalam),
Why write about Ginger?
like to drink ginger tea, especially when I am not well. It really helps heat
up my body when I am feeling cold. It also adds zing to many dishes and drinks.
Parts of the plant used:
people refer to ginger as ‘gingerroot’ is not a root- it is a rhizome, or a
stem that grows horizontally mostly underground (though they can grow above
ground also). Rhizomes sprout roots and stems, yet another support that it is
not a root.
rhizomes, both fresh and dried are used. Dried ginger can be used as a powder
as well. Rarely used are ginger leaves.
Ayurvedic Use as quoted from The Ayurvedic Encyclopedia: Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention and
Longevity, by Swami Sada Shiva Tirtha (pps 71-73)
-I am providing this
information for your reference only. I
am not a physician or ayurvedic doctor.
Consult your doctor or ayurvedic practitioner for indications based on
your particular health concerns and/or dosha imbalances.-
Vata and Kapha, Increases Pitta. Dried ginger is better for increasing agni
(digestive fire) and reducing kapha. “Taken with rock salt it reduces Vayu;
with rock candy it reduces Pitta; with honey it reduces on Kapha.”
Acts as: an
analgesic, antiemetic, aromatic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive,
expectorant, nervine, sialagogue, stimulant.
asthma, colds, colic, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, fever, headaches, hoarseness,
flatulence, indigestion, laryngitis, sore throats, stomach and bowel pains, vomiting.
uses: arthritis, belching, heart disease, improves memory, removes obstructions
in the vessels, eye diseases.
Aggravates Pitta (i.e. inflamed skin diseases, fever, bleeding, ulcers, etc.)
to Penelope Ody’s The Holistic Herbal Directory,Ginger is
also helpful in alleiviating morning and motion sickness, warming chills, relieving
cramps in digestion.
I have used ginger to benefit my
When I have
a cold, I boil few slices of fresh ginger in water until the water turns
slightly yellow. Sometimes I have to add more water as some boils away. After
the water emits a nice gingerly aroma, remove from the stove and add honey per
taste. This concoction promotes body warmth and helps calm the throat. When I
was in India,
my friends had me drink this and then mummify myself in plenty of blankets
turning off fans to promote sweating. Sweating out the fever seemed to be very
successful in lowering the fever and getting back to health.
I have used ginger in cooking:
ginger- fresh, powdered and paste form in many
dishes. Ginger is a good addition to the gravies used in North
Indian subjis (vegetable dishes) and some dhal dishes. Besides using ginger in
tea, I also like ginger in Sambaram, a spiced buttermilk. Another liquidy delight that can be eaten with
rice or sipped while not feeling well is an oil-free rasam that is very tasty.
References: Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages – Ginger |
Ginger in Ayurveda (remedies included) | Ginger,
Honey and Obesity
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