Latin name: Zingiber officinale Rosc. (Zingiberaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Sunthi, Srungavera, Ardraka, Vishvabheshaja, Nagara, Adrak, Sonth
Due to its strong flavor, Ginger is an essential ingredient in many Asian cuisines. Its therapeutic benefits have been recorded in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ginger is a potent anti-nauseatic and is beneficial in treating upset stomachs.
Gingerol and shogaol, active components of Ginger, suppress gastric contractions. Both the fresh and dried rhizomes of Ginger suppress gastric secretion and reduce vomiting. The compounds 6-gingerol and 6-shogaol have a number of pharmacological properties, including antipyretic, analgesic, antitussive and hypotensive properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The herb is useful in ameliorating gastrointestinal disorders like indigestion.
- Ginger relieves nausea, morning sickness and motion sickness.
- As an anti-inflammatory agent, Ginger can be used to treat arthritis and osteoporosis.