Ayurveda Health Benefits of Ginger

Ayurveda Health Benefits of GingerGinger is a very well-known spice. It is used in almost all cuisines around the world.  Texts of Ayurveda immensely price the medicinal properties of ginger. Ginger is used in two forms- raw or dry. Raw ginger is called “Aardraka” and dry ginger is called “Shunti”.

Dry Ginger is light to digest and increases moistness of tissues. Raw ginger is heavy to digest and increases water absorption from digestive tract. This process causes dryness of tissues. It is hot to taste (katu rasa). Dry ginger attains sweetness (madhura rasa) after digestion but raw ginger retains the hot taste even after digestion.

Ayurveda Health Benefits of Ginger:

  1. It normalises Kapha and Vata. Hence ginger is used in diseases in which Kapaha nad vata are prominent.  Almost all diseases of vata are treated with ginger along with other herbs. It is very use full in rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. Ginger exhibits anti-inflammatory qualities. Hence it is useful in joint pain, inflammation of muscles and body pain. Ginger is ground into fine paste and this paste is warmed in steam. This warm paste is applied on painful joints. Dry ginger powder is mixed in warm sesame oil. This warm oil is massaged all over body to relieve body pain.
  3. Ginger is very commonly used in almost all common diseases of digestive system. Indigestion, flatulence, bloating, nausea, vomiting, stomach colic and haemorrhoids are treated with this herb. Chewing a piece of ginger smeared with powdered rock salt (sendha namak) before meals aids digestion and prevents other problems of digestive system.
  4. Ginger helps to normalise blood cholesterol and improves blood circulation. Hence it is called as “hridya” or heart friendly herb.  Adding grated ginger to salads, fruit juices and vegetable juices is a healthy heart friendly way to use this herb.
  5. This herb is very helpful in common cold, cough and sore throat. Mix equal quantity of fresh ginger juice and honey. Add a little dab of salt to this.  Keep half spoon of this mix on tongue and allow it to slowly get down through your throat. This relieves cough and sore throat.
  6. Ginger is a vajikarana herb. It increases sperm count and improves libido. It is best herbal ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction. Almost all preparations used in Vajikarana Therapy contain this herb.

CAUTION:  Ginger should not be used in skin diseases, anaemia, urine retention or burning micturition, skin rashes, wounds or in fever.  It should not be used in summer and autumn.

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