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Latin name - Zingiber officinale
English name -Ginger
Indian name - Sonth (Dry Ginger), Adrak (Wet Ginger)

Introduction

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to treat stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea. Ayurvedic medicine utilizes it for the treatment of arthritis. Other traditional uses of ginger include colic, colds, fever, menstrual cramps and appetite stimulant. Research studies have shown its value for morning sickness of pregnancy, motion sickness, as an anti-inflammatory and to prevent blood clots and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.


Plant Description

Ginger is a knotted, thick, beige underground stem (rhizome). The stem extends roughly 12 inches above ground with long, narrow, ribbed, green leaves, and white or yellowish-green flowers.


Chemical Constituents

Volatile oil, acrid soft resin, resin insoluble in ether and oil, gum, starch, lignin, vegeto matter, asmazone, acetic acid, acetate of sulphur and pungent phenol compounds (such as gingerols and shogaols).


Parts Used

Roots (Rhizome)


Benefits of dry ginger:

  • Ginger is used in Asian medicine to treat stomachaches, nausea, and diarrhea.
  • Many digestive, antinausea, and cold and flu dietary supplements sold in the United States contain ginger extract as an ingredient.
  • Ginger is used to alleviate post surgery nausea as well as nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, and pregnancy.
  • Ginger has been used for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and joint and muscle pain.

Main Indications

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Muscle pain, spasm
  • Cold, sore throat, flu
  • Loss of appetite

Dosage

Fresh ginger Juice-10 to 20 ml per day,Dry Ginger Powder- 3-6 grams per day.