GINGER (Adrak) - Is highly digestive, useful in Vomiting, stomach pain , asthma and useful in lose of appetite.




Ginger (Eng.)
Gingembre (Fr.)
Ingwer (Ger.)
Zanjbil, Zanzbil (Arab.)
Sonth, Adrak (Hindi, Urdu, Kash, Punj.)
Zingiber (Lat.)
Zengiverris (Gr.)
Jengibre (Sp)
Zenzero (It.)
Imbir (Russ.)
Sringber (Sans.)
Ada (Beng.)
Allam (tel.)
Inchi (Mal.)
Aal (Mar.)
Adu (guj)


Zingiber officinale Rosc.
(Family : Zingiberaceae)

Parts Used : Rhizome

System Affected : Digestive And reproductive system

Specific Action : Carminative and digestive.

And they will be given to drink
There of a cup (Of  Wine) mixed with Zanjabil.
Surah Dahr - 76. V : 17)

So the above verse may be translated as :

"And they will be given to drink
There of a cup (of Wine) with the temperament or characteristics of Ginger.


Ginger, botanically known as Zingiber officinale is native of India dates backs to over 3000 years to Vedic times. In Sanskrit it is called "Singbera" or "Sringvaram" meaning 'horn root' with reference to its appearance. 

The Valuable qualities of ginger have been written about in the early literature of the ancient cultures of Asia, Europe and Middle East.

The Arabic word Zangibil is said to have been derived from Sanskrit word Sringeber. Moulana Syed Sulaiman Nadvi has stated that " for us (Indian), it is matter of great pride that there  fortunate words of our country which have found a place in the Holy Qur'an. There can not be any doubt that the three fragrances of ourcountry have been referred to in connection with the Pardise (of Allah) and these are Misk, Zanjbil and Kafur.Thus, according to Moulana NadviThese three woeds have been derived from Indian words of Mushk, Sringevera (Jaranjbera) and Karpura (kafur) respectively.

Usage of Ginger :

Ginger, the rhizome of the plant, is a woderful plant product which is now used throughout the world. It contains an aromatic oil having a characteristic odour. The main constituents of this oil are camphene, phellendrene, Zingiberine, cineol and borneol. It also contains the oleoresin named as gingerin. These are used in food preparations and drinks like Pastries, Biscuits, Curries, Condiments, Ginger bread, ginger beer, Pickles, Syrups, Conserves etc.

Medical Properties :

Ginger is stimulant to the gastro-intestinal tract and therefore, highly digestive. It is extermely useful in dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, vomiting, spasm and other painful affections of the stomach and asthma. Ginger-juice with lemon-juice and cock salt, when taken before meals is very useful in lose of appetite

It is also prescribed for cases of biliousness and delirium. Relaxed sore throat, hoarseness and lose of voice are benefited by chewing a piece of ginger so as to produce a copious flow of saliva. Ginger juice is also useful in diabetes and chronic rheumatism and in early stage of liver cirrhosis. Toothaches and neuralgic headaches are relieved by applying a paste of dried Ginger (Soth) made with water. Galen has recommended the use of Ginger in cases of paralysis and all complaints arising from cold humours.

Note: The information given is meant for educational purpose only


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Ahmed Moinuddin retired from his position as HR Manager in a top Indian Public Sector Organization. He holds Masters in Sciences and has versatile experience in managing people and departments. His passion is to share knowledge from the bucket of experiences he had over these years at personal and professional front.
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