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Shunthi: Zingiber officinale

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 on Tridoshas:
Shunthi pacifies Kapha and Vata Doshas so it is quite useful in diseases of Kapha and Vata origin. 

Therapeutic Uses of Shunthi in Ayurveda:

  • Ruchya- Shunthi stimulates appetite
  • Aamavataghni- Shunthi is useful in management of Rheumatoid arthritis and its complications
  • Paachani- Shunthi is a good digestive stimulant
  • Vrishya- Shunthi increases sexual desire
  • Swarya- Voice enhancer
  • Shwas-kasahara- Shunthi is useful in respiratory discomfort and cough
  • Hrudyarogahara- Shunthi is useful in all heart diseases
  • Shophaghna- Shunthi is useful in all edematous conditions
  • Bhedani- Shunthi softens the impacted stool making it easy to pass
  • Deepani- Appetizer
  • Sheetapittahara- Shunthi helps in management of urticaria
  • Gudakilaharam- Shunthi useful in management of hemorrhoids, because the hemorrhoids are the resultant of disturbed digestive system and Shunthi is one of the best herbs to rejuvenate and revitalize the digestive system.

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Shunthi Powder 2 oz

Shunthi Powder 4 oz

Shunthi Powder 1/2 Lb

Shunthi Powder 1 Lb

Shunthi Capsules 60capsules

Medicinal value of Shunthi:

  • The characteristic odor and flavor of 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.
  • Ginger has been found effective by multiple studies for treating nausea caused by seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy.
  • One study suggested that 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:

    Shunthi is contraindicated for persons with kidney stones, skin diseases, anemia, painful urination, bleeding tendencies, ulcers, fever; and in summer and early autumn.

    Doses of Shunthi:
    Powder- 2-3 gm;

    Some combinations with Shunthi:
    Aardraka khanda, Panchasamachurna, Samasharkara churna, Rasnadi kwatha, Saubhagya  shunthi  paka

    Some important notes about Shunthi:

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

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