Latin Name: Zingiber officinale
English Name: Ginger
Sanskrit / Indian Names: Ardraka, Nagara, Sunthi, Srungavera, Vishvabheshaja
It is a herbaceous, perennial herb, with aromatic rhizomes.
Its principal constituents are Zingiberene (a- and b-zingiberene), and zingiberol. Ginger is valued in medicine as a carminative and stimulant to the gastro-intestinal tract. It is much in vogue as a household remedy for indigestion, relieves dyspepsia, flatulence and colic. Ginger is reported to contain an anti-histaminic factor. It is included among anti-depressants and it forms an ingredient of some anti-narcotic preparations.