GINGER, Zingiber officinale


Latin name:    Zingiber officinale

English name: Ginger

Sanskrit name: Singabera

Indian name: Sunthi

Medicinal parts used: Roots, Rhizomes

Ginger is a perennial plant; the aromatic, knotty rootstock is thick, fibrous, and whitish or buff-colored. It produces a simple, leafy stem covered with the leaf sheaths of the lanceolate-oblong to linear leaves. The plant reaches a height of 3-4 feet, the leaves growing 6-12 inches long. The sterile flowers are white with purple streaks and grow in spikes. It is indigenous to tropical Asia and cultivated in other tropical areas, especially Jamaica.

The value of the ginger as an herbal medication lies in its pungent and warming properties – which are essential to treat a lot of conditions.

Therapeutic use:

  • The herb restores vitality and physical fitness, particularly effective in those individuals who tend to deal badly with the cold during winter.
  • Ginger has a stimulating effect and affect an expectorant action inside the lungs, this result in the clearing of phlegm and helps relieve catarrhal coughs and related chest infections in different patients.
  • Ginger aids digestion and has the ability to alleviate nausea and vomiting.
  • Ginger has relaxing and pain-relieving effects on colic and spasms. It helps soothe the abdominal pain, abdominal distension and flatulent indigestion.
  • Ginger also helps in relieving griping induced by the presence of diarrhea due to infection.
  • Menstruation is promoted by ginger, and the remedy is also useful in dealing with various other disorders affecting the uterus, the ginger remedy is also very effective in alleviating delayed or scanty periods as well as blood clots associated with the menstrual cycle.
  • The ginger remedies also help in lowering the elevated blood pressure and can help individuals with high cholesterol problems.

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