Ginger or Zingiber officinale is a flowering plant whose rhizome or root widely used as a fresh, powdered spice and a folk medicine. Ginger is thought to have originated from the tropical rainforests of the Indian subcontinent and is used widely in a variety of cultural cusines. It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual pseudostems (false stems made of the rolled bases of leaves) about one meter tall bearing narrow leaf blades. The inflorescences bear pale yellow with purple flowers and arise directly from the rhizome on separate shoots.
According to ayurveda, everyone should eat fresh ginger just before lunch and dinner to enhance digestion. Not only does ginger stoke the digestive fire, but it also whets the appetite, improves assimilation and transportation of nutrients to targeted body tissues, and clears the microcirculatory channels of the body. Ginger can also used for various types of "stomach problems," including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea caused by HIV/AIDS treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.
The active Ingredients of Ginger are
The Zingiber officinale is native to Asia, but because of its high production rate it's now grown in tropical regions around the world! It's grown in Africa and South America for commercial use, however 50% of ginger production is in India.
Ginger provides a variety of vitamins and minerals:
In 100 grams (g) of fresh ginger root, there are:
Other nutrients found in ginger in ginger are:
Decreases Vata and Kapha, can increase Pitta in excess, especially dry ginger.
|Veerya||Sheet||Potency||Warming (Fresh is warming, dry is hot)|
|Guna||Laghu||Qualities||Fresh is unctous and heavy; dry is sry, light and penetrating|
Side effects of ginger include: