Ginger is a perennial that thrives in hot, humid, sub-tropical climates in many parts of the world. It is also known as the universal medicine benefiting everybody and all diseases.
Benefits of Ginger: Indigestion, arthritis, fights cancer, improves metabolism, fever, constipation, improves immune system, sore throat, laryngitis, TB, nausea, liver diseases, skin diseases, cholesterol, tumors, migraine, nervous disorders, infections.
Action: Analgesic, antiemetic, aromatic, aphrodisiac, carminative,diaphoretic, digestive, expectorant, nervine,sialagogue, stimulant.
Scientific name: Zingiber officinale
Useful part: Rhizome
Dosage: Fresh: 1.5–5g per day or 2–10ml per day
Rasa (taste): Pungent, sweet
Vipaka(post-digestive effect): Sweet
Guna (quality): Fresh: unctuousand heavy; dry: dry, light and penetrating
Dosa effect VK−, P+
Dhatu (tissue): All tissues
Srotas (channel): Digestive, respiratory, circulatory
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Fresh rhizome—Aardraka, Aadrikaa, Shrngibera, shrngavera, Katubhadra. Dried rhizome—Shunthi,Naagara, Naagaraa, Naagaraka, Aushadha, Mahaushadha, Vishvaa, Vishvabheshaja, Vishvaaushadha.