13 Health Benefits of Ginger

There is a funny thing with ginger. In Ayurveda, fresh and dry ginger have some different medicinal properties due to the drying process. It’s quite remarkable. Fresh ginger is actually considered to be more drying for the body and dry ginger is said to be more unctuous. We listed some of the common and best uses for each type of ginger below. Some of these can be interchanged with each other but you will have overall better effect by following the breakdown on this list.

13 Health Benefits of Ginger:

Fresh Ginger

    Acts as an appetizer
    Digests aam (deep-seated toxins)
    Reduces fever
    Reduces chilliness by increasing heat and circulation in the body
    Eliminates nausea
    It’s a mild laxative

Dry Ginger

    Helps relieve joint pains from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
    Beneficial in edema and other swelling
    By reducing vata, it relieves pain in back or neck
    Stops diarrhea
    Helps treat some forms of IBS, abdominal pain and hemorrhoids
    Reduces respiratory tract ailments such as cough, hoarseness of voice, rhinitis, asthma, etc
    Acts as an aphrodisiac


    Before meals – slice a little fresh ginger, add a sprinkle of rock salt and a squeeze of lemon or lime to enhance taste and nutrient absorption

    Can make a paste of dry ginger and water for local application in cases of swelling or also on sinuses and forehead in cases of cold (not for those with very sensitive skin)

Ginger should be used sparingly in summer, early fall and for anyone with vitiated pitta.