- rasa: predominantly pungent and slightly sweet
- virya: heating, more heating with the dry root
- vipaka: pungent
- uses: anti-pyretic, blood purifier, anti-ama, digestive issues, anti-flatulent, heart supporter, nausea, migraine, kindles agni
Ginger has the unique ability to warm the digestive system by burning ama without disturbing pitta. By being one of the best herbs for detoxifying the GI tract, ginger is an excellent anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic, which improves vata disturbances in the gut and colon. Used before meals, ginger increases appetite and metabolism, boosting digestion and encouraging secretion of digestive enzymes and saliva. One of the more popular uses is its great aid in addressing morning sickness and nausea. By being hot and penetrating, it works great to improve circulation and clear congestion within the sinuses and lungs.
Not only working as a great anti-inflammatory when taken internally, ginger acts as a superb analgesic when made into a paste and applied topically. This is done for sore muscles, stiffness, and rheumatism, which is addressed by adding a substantial amount of the dry root to a warm bath. Ginger has a unique ability to work on serotonin receptors and has been used to settle depression and boost confidence. This is ayurvedically evident because ginger kindles agni so well, which improves transformative processes on all levels of body and mind.
Being a go-to herb for coughs, colds, and fevers, ginger can be used as a hot tea during bouts of the flu and should be taken regularly during fall and winter. This makes for great chai and seasoned sweets for when the weather is cold and damp. It’s sharpness and heat allows ginger to improve circulation and clear plaque within arteries by reducing triglycerides and bad cholesterol.
Ultimately, all people can find an important use from ginger in their daily life which should be on hand in all kitchens. Its diversity of uses should be explored which will promote the many healing capabilities of ginger and scope of use by the practitioner.