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Zingiber officinale  

  Latin Name Zingiber officinale  
English Name Ginger
Hindi Name Adrak; Sonth or Shunthi
Part Used Rhizome

1It is an herbaceous, perennial herb with aromatic rhizome. Its principle constituent are zingiberene (α and β zingiberene) and zingiberol. Zinger is carminative, expectorant, stimulant and used to warm the respiratory system and gastrointestinal tract. It is a household remedy for indigestion, gas, bloating and cough and cold.

 2Ginger is consumed for prevention of the symptoms of travel and motion sickness.. The efficacy of ginger rhizome for the prevention of nausea, dizziness, and vomiting as symptoms of motion sickness (kinetosis), as well as for postoperative vomiting and vomiting of pregnancy, has been well documented and proved beyond doubt in numerous high-quality clinical studies. The use of this ancient medicine for gastrointestinal problems (stimulation of digestion) has been given scientific approval.

3Ginger is reported to relieve suffering from Rheumatic disorders like relief in pain and associated symptoms.4 Ginger modulates biochemical pathways activated in chronic inflammation.

It is one among Trikatu (other two are long pepper and black pepper). Along with black pepper and long pepper it enhances the absorption thus increasing the bioavailability.



1. Database on medicinal plants, CCFRAS, Dept. of ISM & H, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Govt. of India, Vol-5, Page-315-322
2. PMID: 10178636, Adv Ther. 1998 Jan-Feb;15(1):25-44.
3. PMID: 2501634, Med Hypotheses. 1989 May;29(1):25-8
4. PMID: 16117603, J Med Food. 2005 Summer;8(2):125-32.

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