Latin name: Zingiber officinale Rosc. (Zingiberaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Sunthi, Srungavera, Ardraka, Vishvabheshaja, Nagara, Adrak, Sonth
Ginger powder is used in food preparations intended primarily for pregnant or nursing women, the most popular one being katlu, which is a mixture of gum resin, ghee, nuts, and sugar.
Ginger was found to be more effective than placebo for treating nausea caused by seasickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy.
The characteristic odor and flavor of ginger is caused by a mixture of zingerone, shogaols, and gingerols, volatile oils that compose one to three percent of the weight of fresh ginger.