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How Ginger (Adarakh) is Useful in Digestion

Characteristics

  How it looks - It is a slender, perennial, rhizomatous herb, with yellowish green flowers and long leaves. The rhizomes are white to yellowish brown in colour and irregularly branched.

What we use - Rhizomes (raw and dry states)

What it does -

  • Rmu - thermogenic, carminative, laxative, digestive

  • Dry - thermogenic, appetiser, laxative, stomachic, stimulant, aphrodisiac, expectorant, anthelmentic, carminative

Herbal Remedies

  • To improve appetite and digestion - Mix Trikatu (rock salt, pepper and long pepper) in some ginger juice and gargle a few times to acquire a strong appetite and power of digestion.

  • In indigestion - The decoction of dry ginger and rock salt is very helpful in tackling undigested material

  • In jaundice - Take a tsp of powder of dry ginger with some jaggery twice a day for free passage of stools and as a liver tonic.

  • In ascites - Take equal quantities of ginger juice and milk every day after both your meals.

  • In diarrhoea - Boil. dry ginger and khaskhas root i n a glass of water and take thrice a day to mrest loose motions.

  • In cholera- Add some drv ainaer powder to decoction of the flesh of bael fruits and take this tvvice a day to arrest vomiting and diarrhoea.

  • In piles - Make small balls of dry ginger and jaggery and eat one twice a day to reduce the masses and allow free passage of stools.

  • In colicky pain - Equal parts of sonth, til seeds and jaggery should be pasted and drunk with milk twice a day.

  • In colds or asthmatic attacks - Ginger tea-Crushed ginger is added to water boiling for tea and tea is prepared with this water .Take this tea to decrease inflammation and relieve congestion and body ache. In asthma, a few garlic cloves my be added to the above tea. Ginger may be mixed with mustard oil and applied externally on the chest to relieve congestion.

  • In ear aches - Warm a little ginger juice and instill a few drops in the ear to relieve pain and clear infected material.

  • In arthritic joints - A decoction of dry ginger and castor roots should be taken every morning for lubrication of joints and relief from pain.

  • In blood in urine - Boil 1 tsp of dry ginger in a glass of milk and drink twice a day to arrest the bleeding.

  • In allergic rashes - Crush some old jaggery in ginger juice and take twice a day to soothe the rashes.

  • In hiccough - Mix jaggery and ginger juice and instill a few drops in the nostrils to stop hiccups.

  • In heart disease - Take a hot decoction of dry ginger after the morning meal daily to keep heart disease in check.

  • In toothaches - Apply a paste of dry ginger on the outside of the cheek at the point of pain.

  • On stings - Dry ginger paste mixed in yogurt is an effective topical application to reduce the swelling.

  • In scrotal swelling - Apply a mixture of dry ginger and salt solution on hydroceles to reduce pain and swelling.

   

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