The dried ginger is called as Sukku. lt is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root is widely used as a spice and as a traditional medicine. It is really a great thing that our ancestors have combined the food along with this medicine.
Sukku is used in many beverages like tea, coffee and side dishes like Milagu kuzhambu, Marundhu kuzhambu etc.,
Calorific value: 100 grams offers 80 kcal Energy.
Carbohydrates-17.77g, Sugars-1.7g, Dietary fiber-2g, Fat-0.75g, Protein-1.82g, Vitamins: Thiamine B1-0.025mg(2%), Riboflavin B2-0.034mg(3%), Niacin B3-0.75 mg(5%), Pantothenic acid B5-0.203mg(4%), Vitamin B6- 0.16mg(12%), Folate B9-11?g(3%), Vitamin C-5mg(6%), Vitamin E-0.26 mg(2%), Minerals: Calcium-16mg(2%), Iron-0.6mg(5%), Magnesium-43 mg(12%), Manganese-0.229mg(11%), Phosphorus-34mg(5%), Potassium-415mg(9%), Sodium-13mg(1%),? Zinc-.34mg(4%), Other constituents: Water-79g.
Dried ginger is a best carminative (expels gas accumulated in stomach) and it relieves flatulence. Dried ginger tea cures muscle pains (fibromyalgia), headache, earache and vomiting immediately. It is a remedy for throat infection. It cures indigestion, acidity, diarrhoea, stomach pain and fever. Dried ginger is a well known analgesic (Pain killer) and anti-inflammatory drug. It is useful in alleviating rheumatoid arthritis and joints swelling. Dried ginger kept in the mouth reduces foul smelling (bad odour) and relieves tooth ache. The vapour of dried ginger powder boiled along with garlic is inhaled to relieve asthmatic attacks. Ginger is one of the best medicines used in Ayurveda and Siddha system to rejuvenate the body.