Reading Ginger 2 minutes

Ginger is one among the appetizers used in Ayurveda and in traditional Indian Cooking. It is used in many different appetizing formulations. It is a spice with specific qualities like aphrodisiac with a pungent taste, mild laxative with an absorbing property, even though pungent drugs are mostly unaphrodisiacs and absorbent drugs create constipation.

It is of two types:

  • Wet ginger (Ardraka)
  • Dry ginger (Shunthi)

Botanical name – zingiber officinale

Parts used – rhizome

Medicinal properties of Wet Ginger

  • Pungent taste
  • Heavy to digest but Undergoes sweet taste after digestion
  • Dry, strong and piercing
  • Hot potency
  • Useful in Vata and Kapha disorders
  • Relieves one from constipation
  • Improves digestive strength
  • Relieves anorexia
  • Relieves swelling
  • Useful in throat disorders
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Helpful in respiratory disorders
  • Relieves from vomiting sensation
  • Relieves hiccups

Benefits of Consuming Dry Ginger

  • Unctuous
  • Increases digestive power
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Hot in potency
  • Balances Vata and Kapha
  • Improves taste
  • Acts as a cardiotonic
  • Useful in ascites due to bloating
  • Absorbent
  • Breakdowns stools to relieve from constipation
  • Useful in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Relives from menstrual pain, dizziness and arthritic pain.


  • Fresh ginger is dry and dry ginger is unctuous
  • When consumed in fresh form induces elimination so more useful in constipation
  • When consumed in dry form, it acts as an absorbent so not much useful as in fresh form that helps in constipation
  • Fresh ginger is used for short time due to its dry quality
  • Dry ginger can be used for long time due to its unctuous property

Many researches were conducted and it is proved that it is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory helpful in decreasing triglyceride levels in obesity. Helpful in type 2 diabetes by correcting dhatwagni.


  • Skin disorders
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Dysuria
  • Non healing wounds
  • During summer and spring

Ayurvedic formulations

  • Trikatu churna
  • Ardraka ghrita
  • Gudaardraka