Botanic Name: Zingiber Officinale Sanskrit: Ardrak, Sunthi, Nagara English: Ginger Portuguese: Gengibre
This root has been used for thousands years as a spice and an excellent medicinal herb. Ginger is so widely used in Ayurveda, that it is considered a complete medicine.
After deep researches around the world the modern science confirms its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects on respiration, the relief to digestion and the help to elimination of excretions.
Ginger warms; acts strongly on digestion, balancing Jatharagni (digestive fire) and it can be used fresh or dried. Its post-digestive effects (Vipak) don’t increase Pitta the same way peppers do. Even being more indicated for balancing the Doshas Vata and Kapha, for its spicy and heating properties, ginger can also be used, moderately, by Pitta people, if there is not hyperacidity.
-treats gas and colic
-relieves joint pain
-stimulates blood circulation
-increases assimilation and flow of nutrients through the tissues
-cleanses small circulatory channels
-analgesic effect on first level of rheumatic arthritis
|Contra indications: Some few situations when ginger is not indicated: hyperacidity, during any kind of hemorrhage (including period), faintness, and chronic skin diseases.
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