Ginger Ayurveda Properties and BenefitsAs mentioned earlier, ginger is quite versatile and is a common ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulas. Ginger rhizome's health benefits are wide-ranging, making it a useful supplement for many. It is also a wonderful cooking spice in baked goods, stir fries, and of course is a staple in masala chai! Here are some of the better-known ginger Ayurveda properties and health benefits.
Supports Agni and DigestionAbove all, ginger is known for its ability to support agni (digestive power), and ease digestive ailments. Specifically, ginger stimulates appetite and calms bloating, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion. One digestive problem that ginger is especially effective at treating is nausea. Specifically, studies indicate it's particularly good at reducing pregnancy-related nausea and nausea resulting from chemotherapy and surgery. In fact, ginger may suppress the vomit center in the brain! In Ayurveda, a balanced agni is tied to vibrant health. Many other health factors also benefit when the digestive power is strong, including the immune system.
Reduces Inflammation and PainNumerous studies have shown ginger rhizome has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which may balance a range of conditions. In some studies, ginger rhizome has been shown to reduce soreness resulting from intense exercise. Other studies have indicated it can reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis. According to studies, people who take ginger rhizome to treat osteoarthritis typically need less medication than those who do not.
Good for the HeartAccording to one study, participants who took ginger on a regular basis for a period of 12 weeks experienced an average drop of 28% in the ApoB/ApoA-I ratio. They also experienced an average reduction of 23% in oxidized lipoproteins. Because these are both risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, researchers believe this indicates ginger rhizome helps guard against it.
Additional BenefitsThese are by no means all of ginger rhizome's health benefits. There's also evidence to indicate it reduces cholesterol levels, soothes menstrual pain, and may even aid in the prevention of some cancers.
Essential Facts about Ginger RhizomeNames
- Botanical: Zingiber officinale
- Sanskrit: Vishwabheshaj or vishwaaushadha, meaning "universal medicine"
- Hindi: Adarakh (fresh) and Sounth (dry)
- English: Ginger
- Rasa (taste): Pungent, sweet
- Guna (qualities): Heavy, dry, piercing
- Virya (action): Warming
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet (fresh), Pungent (dried)
- Dosha (constitution): Pacifies Kapha and Vata