Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zingiber officinale Rosc

Botanical name : Zingiber officinale Rosc. 
Family : Zingiberaceae
 
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Ardraka, Shundi, Shrngavera, Mahoushadhi
 
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu
Guna : Guru, Rooksha,
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Madhura
 
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Ginger
Hindi : Adarak
Malayalam : Inchi
 
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A slender, perennial, rhizomatous herb. Leaves linear, sessile and glabrous. Flowers are yellowish green seen in cylindric spikes, covered with glabrous scarious bracts. Fruits are oblong capsules. Rhizomes are white to yellowish in color, irregularly branched, growing tips are covered over by few scales. 
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, body pain, dropsy, asthma, cough, colic, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and inflammations and abdominal discomforts. Dry ginger is appetizer, laxative, expectorant, and carminative. Useful part : Rhyzomes.

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