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8.3.16 SUNTHI, Sonth, dry Ginger (Zungiber officinale, Rosc.)


Taste: Pungent
Attribute: Light, oily
Potency: Hot
Long-Term: Sweet
General Action: Digestive stimulant, rejuvenating, carminative, aphrodisiac, promotes voice
Specific Action: Aphrodisiac
Therapeutic Action: Lowers kapha and vata, increases pitta in excess

Sunthi is the dry variety of finger and is slightly different in action than fresh finger. The dry form is hotter and dryer than the fresh form, thus for reducing kapha and as a stimulant it is superior. The fresh form (ardraka) is better for colds, flu’s, coughs, and for vata type problems. I grew up in Hawaii and as an adult I moved back to the Islands after eight years on the mainland. I discovered that fresh ginger was an excellent remedy for all cold symptoms and for sore throats. Whenever I have the beginnings of a sore throat I just cut a piece of fresh ginger and pop it into my mouth and suck on it until the irritation is gone from the throat. I do this as many times as needed until all symptoms have vanished. Pitta people may have to have food in their stomach in order to prevent aggravating the digestive bile.

Ginger has a long history of medical use; it is perhaps one of the most used plants in the history of mankind. It is good for most diseases except in high pitta type problems such as inflammations, ulcers, etc. Ginger will normally not aggravate pitta in small doses or when used in cooking due to its sweet long-term action. This gives it a rejuvenating and nourishing effect on the body. It is well known to help respiratory diseases, arthritis, and the heart. Taken fresh before a meal with honey, it is considered to be excellent for kapha persons. It is included in many Ayurvedic formulas to act as a stimulant in the formula, which means it actually causes the formula to function better. The most famous formula that contains sunthi is the Trikutu digestive formula. Contrary to some schools to thought, ginger is considered to be very effective in treating hemorrhoids when ingested regularly with food. Ginger infusions are a great beverage for kaph persons, and with a little licorice it makes an excellent drink for vata and pita persons.

Dose: 250 mgs tp 500 mgs with meals or as needed





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