There is a reason why our ancestors in India lived long, healthy lives. The secret to their health was that they used medicines as part of their everyday food. The ginger coffee is one such beverage and is traditional to southern India. Traditionally known as Sukku Kappi or Chukku Kappi, this herbal decoction is taken hot to cure a number of ailments as well as to soothe the mind and stomach after a long day. It’s also great on a cold wet morning to add a nice warm glow to the insides!
Coffee, is said to be the most popular drink in the world and owes it to Caffeine, an alkaloid that is present in it, which is also found in tea and many other natural sources like nuts and cocoa. Its action when consumed by us humans is of that of a stimulant’s – particularly on the central nervous system. The perceived effects are a sense of wakefulness and an increased sense of mental activity – just the things that make it attractive to millions around the world to help them wake up each day. The Americans drink the most coffee in the world but in India, tea has been the favourite all the while, which of course has caffeine, but in lesser concentration.
What happens when you drink it?
Upon consumption, Caffeine is rapidly spread throughout the water in the body in about an hour’s time. It stimulates the heart muscles and relaxes the smooth muscles, increases the excitability of the neurons present in the central nervous system, has diuretic properties, increases the blood plasma glucose and stimulates gastric acid secretions. These result in those perceived sense of wakefulness and increased concentration which of course, is quite fair to assume that everyone reading this knows already knows about. Continue reading
Chukku Kappi or Dry Ginger coffee is a spicy and sweet traditional South Indian beverage. A very good remedy for cold, its rich aroma opens nasal blocks and provides relief from throat infections and fever too. The main ingredient of Chukku Kappi is Chukku or Dry Ginger. Ginger is used in almost all the Ayurvedic medicines due to its digestive and carminative properties. The Sanjeevanam Ginger coffee is a soothing drink that contains Dry Ginger, Pepper and Thippili. This aromatic beverage is caffeine free and therefore completely healthy.
Ginger is a common rhizome available widely in India and it has classical references for its better use in Ayurvedic formulations. Basically, it is used in a wet form in culinary purposes; however it is used in the dry powder form for various medicinal purposes. Ginger is said to be quite effective in digestive system disorders and it is even called as Baishajya for that matter as it acts as medicine. The extract of ginger like Zingerone is useful to promote digestion and to prevent gastric related disorders like diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence, indigestion etc.