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Zingiber officinale

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Zingiber officinale is a slender, erect, herbaceous perennial plant growing from 30 - 150cm tall. It has a robust, branched rhizome that is borne horizontally near the soil surface, bearing leafy shoots close together.


Indigestion, Nausea, Vomiting, Spasms, Motion sickness, Colic, Abdominal chills, Colds, Coughs, Influenza.[1]

Parts Used

Young rhizomes, Roots[2]

Chemical Composition

It contains steroids, paradol, gingerols, gingerones and shogaols, shogaol etc.[3]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Alla, Shunthi
Hindi Adrak
Malayalam Inchi, Enchi
Tamil Ingee, Inji
Telugu Allam, Allamu
Marathi Alha, Aale
Gujarathi Adu
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit NA
English Ginger



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.












Kind Shape Feature



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Lohaasava, Anuloma, Abana, Abhayaarishta, Amritapaasha, Amritapaasha Gritha, Amrita bhallataki, Amritaarishta, Aluretic, Alphtone, Avipattikara Churna, Ashchakanchuki rasa, Ashvagandharishta, Ashvagandhaadi churna, Ashvagandhaadi Rasaayayana, Ashvagandhaadi Lehyam, Ashokaarishta, Ashtakshaari Gutika, Asana vilvaadi Tailam, Astanil, Orthonex, Ananda Bairava rasa, Amavaata Taila, Arogyakara Kasturi maatre, Asmocap, Indukant Gritam, Ichchabedhi rasa, Ekangaveera rasa, Elaadi churna, Karnabindu, Kanakaasava, Karpooradyarishta, Karpooraadi Churna, Kasturyadi Gutika, Kalingaadi Lehyam, Kaanchanaara Guggulu, Kshaara taila, Kiraataarishta, Kumariyasava, Kushmanda Lehyam, Keshasanjivini taila, Gandhaka rasaayana[2]

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

A plant of the moist to wet tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,900 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 19 - 29°c, but can tolerate 13 - 35°c.[6]

Commonly seen growing in areas

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  1. Indian Medicinal Plants by C.P.Khare
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2" by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.661, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #45, Paapannana Tota, 1st Main road, Basaveshwara Nagara, Bengaluru.
  3. Chemical constituents
  4. Common names
  5. [Morphology]
  6. Cultivation

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