English – Fresh Ginger
Hindi – Adrakh (अदरक )
Sanskrit – ārdraka
Latin – Zingiber officinale
A member of the Cardamom and Turmeric family, the Ginger plant is native to Southeast Asia. Ginger forms the rhizome of the plant and its sharp flavour comes from Gingerol, one of its beneficial bioactive compounds. Due to its ability to support overall health, it is called the universal medicine in Ayurveda. Ayurveda uses ginger as a medicine in both fresh (adrakh) and dried ginger form (shonth), with each having slightly different medicinal properties. Fresh ginger is more beneficial for the Vata and Pitta Dosha and boosts overall circulation in the body.
Helpful for treating respiratory infections, and relieving menstrual cramps, has gentle laxative action, boosts circulation and digestion, removes excess gas, helps detoxify the body, protects against oxidative stress, relieves nausea and morning sickness, and soothes throat pain.