Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale
- English: Ginger, Adrakh
- Also, known as: Sunthi, Nagara, Ardraka, Gan jiang, Shen jiang, Sonth, Katubhadra, Srangavera, Ada, Adu, Alla, Hasishunti, Inchi, Ardrak, Ale, Adi, Adrak, Injee, Allam, lakottai, Inji, Allamu, Allam, Adrak, MahauÀadha, Nagara, Visva, Visvabhesaja, Adasuth, Aadar Shuth, Suntha, Sundh,Suntha, Sonth, Shunthi, Shonth, Chukku, Sunth, Sunthi, Sund, Sukku, Chukku, Sonthi, Sunthi, Sonth, Zanjabeel
Parts Used: Root
Ginger is native to Asia. The plant grows to a height of about 2 to3 feet and has white or yellow flowers. It grows in hot, humid, sub-tropical climates in many parts of the world. The herb has broad leaves, arising from the ground. It rarely flowers. The fresh root is called adrak and the dried root sonth in most parts of India. Before drying, the rhizome is boiled in water and the outer corky layers are scrapped. It is cut longitudinally and dried. Throughout the whole of Asia, from China to Turkey, ginger has a reputation of being a powerful aphrodisiac. In traditional Chinese medicine, dry ginger rhizome is used to expel interior cold, while fresh ginger disperses exterior cold (Bone, 1997).
Ginger is an important spice that is much used in Asian cooking to flavor meat dishes, marinades, fish, curries, soups, sauces, rice dishes and stir-fries.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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