Scientific: Zingiber officinale [WikiPedia]
Appearance: Ginger is a plant with leafy stems and yellowish green flowers. The ginger spice comes from the roots of the plant.
Parts Used: Dried chopped
rhizome for tea, powdered for tea or spice, powdered and encapsulated,
or tinctured. Fresh rhizome as a condiment, fresh tea, poultice, juice,
tincture, or essential oil and oleoresin
Common Uses: The major active
ingredients in ginger are terpenes (quite similar to the chemical
action of turpentine) and an oleo-resin called ginger oil. These two,
and other active ingredients in ginger, provide antiseptic,
lymph-cleansing, circulation-stimulating, and mild constipation relief
qualities along with a potent perspiration-inducing action that is quite
effective in cleansing the system of toxins. Ginger has been well
researched and many of its traditional uses confirmed. It is a warming
remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation, lowering high blood pressure
and keeping the blood thin in higher doses. Ginger is anti-viral and
makes a warming cold and flu remedy. Ginger is a powerful
anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its
use for joint problems. It has also been indicated for arthritis,
fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, bronchitis, osteoarthritis,
rheumatoid arthritis, to ease tendonitis, lower cholesterol and
blood-pressure and aid in preventing internal blood clots.
The most well-known medical use of ginger is as an
anti-emetic (prevention of nausea and vomiting). In Chinese medicine,
ginger is consumed as a stomachic, to help support digestion and
normalize gastric function. Several placebo-controlled randomized
studies have shown ginger to be safe and effective in the relief of
nausea associated with pregnancy. Alcohol extracts were shown effective
in preventing vomiting in dogs receiving cisplatin chemotherapy.
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