Ginger - Benefits, Medicinal and Health Uses of Ginger


The ginger is indigenous in India and China. It takes its name of will stringa-vera of word of Sanskrit, which means “with body like horn”, as in wood. The ginger was important in the Chinese medicine during much of centuries, and is mentioned in the writings of Confucius. It is also called in Coran, the crowned book of the Moslems, indicating that one known it in the Arab countries as of 650 A.D. It was one of first known spice in Western Europe, used since the ninth century. It became so popular in Europe which it was included in each arrangement of table, like salt and pepper.

A common article of the medieval trade and Rebirth, it was one of spices used against the plague. In the English publications and taverns with the nineteenth century, the barkeepers extinguished small containers of the ground ginger, so that the people sprinkle in their beer - the origin of English beer of ginger. “Gee to the top” a lazy horse, it in the practices is devoted of the farmers of Sussex to apply a pinching of ginger to behind animal.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe)

The rhizomes (underground stem) and stems of ginger have assumed significant roles in Chinese, Japanese and Indian medicine since the 1500s. The oleoresin of ginger is often contained in digestive, antitussive, antiflatulent, laxative, and antacid compounds.

There is supportive evidence from one randomized controlled trial and an open-label study that ginger reduces the severity and duration of chemotherapy-induced nausea/emesis. Effects appear to be additive to prochlorperazine (Compazine®). The optimal dose remains unclear. Ginger's effects on other types of nausea/emesis, such as postoperative nausea or motion sickness remain indeterminate.

Ginger uses and benefits

  Prevents motion sickness

  Thins the blood

  Lowers the blood cholesterol

  Prevents cancer in animals

In Japan, ginger is pickled to make beni shoga and gari or grated and used raw on tofu or noodles.

In Myanmar, ginger is used in a salad dish called gyin-tho, which consists of shredded ginger preserved in oil, and a variety of nuts and seeds.

Ginger has also been commonly used to treat inflammation, although medical studies as to the efficacy of ginger in decreasing inflammation have shown mixed results. There are several studies that demonstrate very positive results on minimizing joint pain from arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.


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