Zingiber or Suntha, often known as ginger extract, is a significant herb/spice in Indian families that is primarily grown in warm, humid climates, particularly in Madras, Cochin, and Travancore. Both the scraped and dried rhizomes as well as the green ones are used. According to Ayurveda, ginger has a strong, spicy flavor and is calming to vitiated vata and kapha. It possesses qualities that reduce intestinal spasms and reduce flatulence and is easily digested and absorbed from the intestines. By eliminating undigested (Aam) meal components, it purges the toxins from the tongue and stimulates appetite. The ginger rhizome's aromatic oil promotes salivary secretion, prevents foul breath, and stimulates the gastrointestinal tract.
Ginger is also useful in common cold & cough, where there is immunity suppression & fever sets in. It helps to remove extra phlegm from bronchus and respiratory tract & reduce symptoms of acute bronchitis/ Sinusities and headache/ bodyache. On long term basis it is also helpful as hot water infusion drink like herbal tea in evening to relieve symptoms of Rheumatic conditions like joint heaviness, pain and warmness etc. This herbal tea when consumed regularly also acts as anti-oxidant, removing blockages from blood vessels and re-energise lungs to get more Oxygen level. Ginger extract combines with black pepper extract (kali miri) & pippali extract (piper longum) (collectively known as Trikatu extract ), which act as carminative & increase Bio-availability of the drug given along Trikatu.
Externally – ginger extract is applied over affected joint area Or forehead with warm water/ Nilgiri oil (Eucalyptus oil) as local stimulant & rubefacient to have pain killer action.
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