Ayurvedically, dry ginger is considered better than fresh ginger.

#1 Vata Decreasing

Fresh ginger increases Vata while dried ginger balances Vata. Hence, chewing fresh ginger or drinking fresh ginger tea for gas, bloating is not a great idea. Take dry ginger water instead.

#2 Great for Constipation

Inspite of being absorbent (grahi) dry ginger is a mild laxative and great for constipation. If you find it difficult to pass bowels in the morning, drink a glass of dry ginger water.

#3 Non-drying

Dried ginger has the property of ‘snigdha’ or non-drying. Hence, it is good for long-term use. But fresh ginger is drying (rooksha) and hence one should use only once in a while.

#4 Reduces Mucous

Dried ginger is Kapha decreasing while fresh ginger increases Kapha. Hence, dry ginger water works great in seasonal flu, cold, cough and most upper respiratory tract disorders.

How to consume dry ginger?

The easiest way to consume dry ginger is by boiling 2 glasses of water with 1 inch piece of dry ginger, reduce to 1 glass and drink up.

Doctor Rekha is a 4th generation Ayurvedic Medicine Doctor (BAMS) living in between Dubai and India who has patients from around the globe who believes that the wisdom of Ayurveda can help everyone lead a happy, heathy and disease-free life.

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