The best of ginger


The best of ginger

The humble ginger has been in use since ages. Used in regular meals - especially in the Indian kitchen, ginger has been equally used as an alternative medicine practices like Naturopathy, Ayurveda and aroma and herbal therapies. It has also been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to treat stomach disorders like nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, loss of appetite or anorexia.

Ginger also treats mild lung disorders, like upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis or a simple cold and cough. It reduces toxicity which means it is anti-bacterial. And because of its warm taaseer (inherent quality) it is used to treat colds, menstrual cramps, stiff muscles and also indigestion.

Sachi Sohal, dietician with BLK Super Speciality Hospital, informs, “Ginger tea early in the morning helps control blood sugar levels. It also is a source of potent anti-inflammatory compounds known as gingerols. They aid the symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, consuming a little bit of fresh ginger daily boosts one’s immunity.”

Consuming ginger regularly is said to reduce levels of cholesterol too. It also lowers the risk of stroke and heart attacks by improving blood circulation as it contains minerals like zinc, chromium and magnesium that help optimum blood circulation in the body and elevating levels of high-density lipoproteins. Chewing a piece of fresh ginger for about 30 minutes is believed to relieve headaches and migraine.

Ginger is also used extensively in aromatherapy as it yields an essential oil that is diluted from the unpeeled, dried, and ground ginger. Ginger oil is used in combination with cedar wood, patchouli and sandalwood, which renders a woody-spicy aroma to the mixture. The active ingredient in ginger is terpenes and oleoresin, which is called ginger oil. These active ingredients are responsible for its antiseptic qualities, circulation-stimulating, lymph-cleansing, and mild constipation relief.

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