Ginger

Ginger

Traditional Name : Shunthi

Botanical Name : Zingiber officinale

English Name : Ginger

Part of Plant Used : Rhizome

Description

History

Zingiber officinale, also known as ginger is a perennial rhizomatous herb of 1 m in height. Its rhizomes are robust and fleshy, up to 2 cm thick, growing horizontally underground and have aromatic odor with pungent and spicy taste. Originating in India or south-east Asia, Z. officinale is widely planted in tropical areas including other parts of Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Australia and Africa. It is grown vegetatively as a spice in all tropical and subtropical parts of the world.

Function

Ginger relieves menstrual symptoms such as nausea, inflammation and menstrual pain in women. It is proven to be as effective as mefenamic acid and ibuprofen in relieving pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea. It also calms the uterine spasms.

Ginger contains secondary metabolites, essential oils and gingerols that reduce inflammation and pain of the joints thus showing anti-arthritic effect. They also protect the joints in arthritis patients. Ginger is known to prevent the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.

Ginger prevents as well as reduces the severity of migraine attacks. It also relives headache, inflammation of mucosal membranes, nausea and vomiting.

Uses

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-emetic
  • Anti-allergic
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Joint protective

Active Constituents

Essential oil, pungent constituents (gingerol and shogaol), resinous matter and starch

Ayurveda Insight on Shunthi

Shunthi has katu rasa, madhura vipaka, ushna virya and laghu, snigdha properties. It is anulomana, dipana, hridya, pachana, ashmadoshahara in action. It alleviates Vata-Kapha doshas. It is useful in Agnimandya, Shvasa, Adhmana, Amavata, Pandu and Udararoga.

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