Ginger is a herb that is a root with a distinct aroma. It is used in both fresh and dried state though it is more intense in the latter form.
One of the main attributes of Ginger is its capacity to digest “ama” or toxins, accumulation of which is the main cause of dis-ease. Ginger plays an important role in digesting infectious agents and treating conditions like Sinusitis, Bronchitis and Allergic Rhinitis. Use of ginger in teas can provide a defence against respiratory problems and also viruses like Influenza as it induces sweating and lowers body temperature. In a certain way it acts as a protective agent in the stomach against adverse effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and alcohol. It can also be used to reduce nausea and vomiting, indigestion and colic.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a good choice fot the use in musculoskeletal disorders. It inhibits the production of cytokines, chemicals that modulate the immune response and promote inflammation. It is therefore used in cases of Arthritis, Bursitis and other pain syndromes. It is also known to enhance circulation, thereby improving its efficacy for treating pain disorders. Ginger can also be used externally as a paste to treat headaches, muscle pains and toothaches.
Ginger is easily available in most Supermarkets and their preparations are very easy to make. Here are a few that can be used as home remedies:
Sore throat – Add a teaspoon of cumin seeds to boiling point. Put some pieces of ginger to it. Allow this to simmer for a few seconds. When simmered enough, set it aside to get cool and then drink.
Cold & Flu Remedy – Add some crushed ginger, a dash of lime juice and a teaspoon of honey to water and drink.
Good Digestion – Eat a slice of ginger with a dash of lemon and rock salt before meals to get the digestive juices started or as we say in Ayurveda – let the fire (agni) burn.