Common name Ginger
Latin name Zingiber officinale
Parts used Roots
Ginger is sympathetic to the Immune, Digestive, Circulatory, and Respiratory systems.
Ginger is an adaptogen. It frequently acts as Anti-inflammatory, Anti-septic, or Antispasmodic depending on the situation. It is indicated for the vata dosha.
Ginger is pungent and bitter.
Ginger is often indicated for Nausea, Cold and flu, Arthritis, and Respiratory Issues.
Chinese sailors chewed ginger to prevent sea-sickness and it was widely used in Ancient China to treat arthritis and kidney problems. Ginger is prominently mentioned in China's first great herbal, the Pen Tsao Ching (Classic of Herbs) where amongst other virtues it suggests 'Ginger eliminates body odour and puts a person in touch with the spiritual realm'.
Ginger grows best in moist, fertile, well drained soil especially in tropical areas.