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Crystallized Ginger Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

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Hot, pungent, antiemetic, appetizer, digestive, spleen tonic; stimulates saliva.

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Is Crystallized Ginger Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/2 tsp
SPECIES: Zingiber officinale

Biocharacteristics of Crystallized Ginger

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Moves Energy:
Upward

UPWARD

Upward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating, or that move upward in the body.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Crystallized Ginger
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Antiemetic

ANTIEMETIC

Herbs that reduce nausea or stop vomiting. Generally refreshing, aromatic herbs.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Sialogogue

SIALOGOGUE

A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents.

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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Analgesic

ANALGESIC

Pain reliever, reduces pain without eliminating sensation. Also known as anodyne.

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Brain Tonic

BRAIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the brain and thereby enhances memory or other cognitive functions and improves mental stamina or stability.

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Neuroprotective

NEUROPROTECTIVE

Repairs / restores damaged nerves. Protects nerve health.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Rubefacient

RUBEFACIENT

An herb used topically that causes dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation. The skin will appear red or flushed.

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Warms Chest

WARMS-CHEST

Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Warms Ears

WARMS-EARS

Stimulates peripheral circulation to warm extremities, including the ears.

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Antiplatelet

STRONG ANTIPLATELET

An herb that inhibits clotting, dissolves clots, thins the blood, or destroys platelets, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease, clots, and stroke. Aka anticoagulant.

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Calcium Channel Blocker

STRONG CALCIUM-CHANNEL-BLOCKER

Reduces blood pressure by relaxing smooth muscle tissue. Blocking calcium (Ca2+) inhibits smooth muscle contraction.

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Hypotensive

HYPOTENSIVE

An herb that lowers blood pressure.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Crystallized Ginger

Ginger (Dried)

Ginger (Dried) has these Actions in Common

Hypotensive, Rubefacient, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Antiplatelet, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Sialogogue, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Appetizer, Calcium-channel-blocker, Digestive, Neuroprotective, Spleen-tonic, Warms-chest, Antiemetic, Brain-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Appetizer, Calcium-channel-blocker, Hypotensive, Sialogogue, Vasodilator, Antiemetic, Brain-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Antiplatelet, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Neuroprotective, Stimulates-energy

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Analgesic, Diaphoretic, Rubefacient, Vasodilator

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Antiemetic, Calcium-channel-blocker, Digestive, Rubefacient, Warms-chest, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Hypotensive, Spleen-tonic, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Analgesic, Diaphoretic, Rubefacient, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Warms-chest

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Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper has these Actions in Common

Antiemetic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Antiplatelet, Diaphoretic, Rubefacient, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Sialogogue, Warms-chest

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Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Diaphoretic, Neuroprotective, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Rubefacient, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Warms-chest

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Cloves

Cloves has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Warms-ears, Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antiemetic, Diaphoretic, Rubefacient, Warms-chest

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Analgesic, Diaphoretic, Rubefacient, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Rubefacient, Vasodilator

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Crystallized Ginger

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Warms-chest, Digestive, Warms-ears, Internal-detoxicant, Analgesic, Rubefacient, Antiemetic, Sialogogue, Appetizer, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Vasodilator

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Rubefacient, Spleen-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Vasodilator

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Angelica

Angelica has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Hypotensive, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Vasodilator, Antiplatelet, Calcium-channel-blocker, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Antiplatelet, Calcium-channel-blocker, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Vasodilator

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Appetizer, Warms-ears, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic

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Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Appetizer

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Warms-chest, Stimulates-energy, Warms-ears, Vasodilator, Analgesic

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Analgesic, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Rubefacient

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Elecampane

Elecampane has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Neuroprotective, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Neuroprotective, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Antiplatelet, Brain-tonic, Hypotensive

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Pippali

Pippali has these Actions in Common

Rubefacient, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Can I use fresh grated ginger instead of crystallized ginger in this recipe ( stuffed dates with almonds/ginger)? Are there any adjustments you recommend if I do substitute? Meanwhile, I assume the dates should be soaked and peeled. Thanks, Deborah
- Deborah Swann, Trumbull, CT , 10-15-11 (Reply)

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