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Shunthi: Zingiber officinale

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Shunthi Powder 2 oz

Shunthi Powder 4 oz

Shunthi Powder 1/2 Lb

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Shunthi Capsules 60capsules

Stimulates appetite
Useful in management of Rheumatoid arthritis and its complications
Increases sexual desire
Useful in respiratory discomfort and cough
Softens the impacted stool making it easy to pass
Useful in management of hemorrhoids

Common Name:
Dry ginger

Sanskrit Name:

  • Shunthi- As it is very dry
  • Nagar- Means it is the great medicine for business purpose
  • Mahaushadha- Means it is very useful in a wide range of diseases
  • Vishva bhaishja- Useful in various disorders
  • Shringver- Because of its spiny structure

Lt. Name:
Zingiber officinale- Zingiberaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste)- Katu (Pungent)
  • Guna (Characteristics)- Laghu (Light); Snigdha (Unctuous)
  • Veerya (Potency)- Ushna (Warm)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Madhura (Sweet)

Effect of Shunthi Powder on Tridoshas:

Dry ginger pacifies Kapha and Vata Doshas so it is quite useful in diseases of Kapha and Vata origin.

Home remedial Uses of Shunthi in Ayurveda:

  • Ruchya- Ruchya is a supplement which generates interest. Interest here stands for interest in eating. The hot potency of Dry ginger Powder causes secretion of different digestive juices thus it is a recommended natural remedy for loss of appetite.
  • Amavataghni- As per Ayurveda Amavata is a condition of metabolic upset where the toxins of metabolism named as Ama in Ayurveda get associated with the Vata Dosha thus creating blockage in different parts of body and different disease specially the rheumatic conditions. Shunthi is the recommended supplement for rheumatoid arthritis and other joint problems.
  • Paachani- Pachan means to digest. Shunthi not only stimulates appetite but helps in digestion of food as well as the toxins present in the body thus it is one of the best dietary supplement for detoxification.
  • Vrishya- Vrishya is a supplement which nourishes the genital system. Shunthi powder is a natural supplement to increase libido.
  • Swarya- The hot potency and volatile oils present in Dry ginger relive throat from any type of congestion and nourish the vocal cords thus it is one of the best dietary supplement to improve voice.
  • Shwas-kasahara- Dry ginger is a drug of choice for asthma, cough and respiratory discomfort
  • Hrudyarogahara- Our heart and lungs are closely associated with each other. Any supplement supplement supporting the respiratory system will also nourish the heart and circulatory system. Same follows for Shunthi powder also. Thus Shunthi Powder is a good dietary supplement for healthy heart.
  • Shophaghna- As said above Dry ginger Powder corrects the metabolism and these are the metabolic upsets which cause accumulation of fluid and other toxins in the body. Shunthi Powder is a recommended supplement for fluid retention and detoxification.
  • Bhedani- Bhedani means which breaks. Because of its hot potency; Dry ginger powder has the ability to break sown the impacted and hardened stool in rectum. Thus Shunthi Powder is a natural remedy for constipation.
  • Deepani- Deepan means to ignite the fire; it is for the fire component of body residing as digestive fire in digestive system and as metabolic fire at tissue level. Shunthi Powder is one of the best Ayurveda herb to stimulate appetite and boost metabolism.
  • Sheetapittahara- Dry ginger benefits in urticaria and other skin diseases.
  • Gudakilaharam- Gudakil stands for Piles. Shunthi Powder is useful in of piles, because the piles are the resultant of disturbed digestive system and Dry ginger is one of the best herbs to rejuvenate and revitalize the digestive system. So Dry ginger powder is a recommended Ayurveda herb in piles.

Health benefits of Shunthi Powder:

  • The characteristic odor and flavor of dry ginger root is caused by a mixture of zingerone, shoagoles and gingerols, volatile oils. The gingerols increase the motility of the gastrointestinal tract and have analgesic, sedative, antipyretic and antibacterial properties.
  • Dry ginger has been found effective by multiple studies for treating nausea caused by seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy.
  • One study suggested that dry ginger may have a synergistic effect on anti-platelet aggregation in hypertensive patients when used in combination with nifedipine. More study is warranted in this area.

Useful part of Shunthi:



Dry ginger is contraindicated for persons with anemia, painful urination, bleeding tendencies, ulcers, fever; and in summer and early autumn.

Doses of Shunthi:

Powder- 2-3 gm;

Some combinations of Shunthi Powder in ayurveda:

Aardraka khanda, Panchasamachurna, Samasharkara churna, Rasnadi kwatha, Saubhagya shunthi paka

Best recommended uses of Shunthi Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Because of its warm potency and sharpness Dry ginger should not be taken in skin diseases, anemia, painful urination, bleeding tendencies, ulcers, fever; and in summer and early autumn.
  • Taking Dry ginger and Gokshura decoction is very helpful in management of rheumatoid arthritis, pain in back and indigestion.
  • Decoction of Dry ginger should be taken in cough, respiratory discomfort and pain in chest.

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