Ginger

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Ginger Root
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Ginger Flower

Ginger

The medicinal herb Ginger as an alternative herbal remedy - Ginger is a tropical plant that has green-purple flowers and an aromatic underground stem (called a rhizome). It is commonly used for cooking and medicinal purposes.

What Ginger Is Used For

  • Ginger is used in Asian medicine as an herbal remedy for stomach aches, nausea, and diarrhea.
  • Many digestive, antinausea, and cold and flu dietary supplements sold in the United States contain ginger extract as an ingredient.
  • Ginger is used to alleviate postsurgery nausea as well as nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, and pregnancy.
  • Ginger has been used for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and joint and muscle pain.
  • Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) has a long history of use in Asian, Arabic and Indian herbal traditions and is an excellent remedy for maintaining digestive health and functioning. Modern research has confirmed its effectiveness and Ginger is a very well researched medicinal herb. Working mainly in the digestive system, Ginger boosts digestive fluids, promotes transport through the digestive system, and neutralizes acids, helping to soothe small stomachs safely.

How Ginger Is Used

The underground stems of the ginger plant are used in cooking, baking, and for health purposes. Common forms of ginger include fresh or dried root, tablets, capsules, liquid extracts (tinctures), and teas.

What the Science Says about Ginger

  • Studies suggest that the short-term use of ginger can safely relieve pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting.
  • Studies are mixed on whether ginger is effective for nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, or surgery.
  • It is unclear whether ginger is effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint and muscle pain.
  • NCCAM-funded investigators are studying: Whether ginger interacts with drugs, such as those used to suppress the immune system.
  • Ginger's effect on reducing nausea in patients on chemotherapy.
  • The general safety and effectiveness of ginger's use for health purposes, as well as its active components and effects on inflammation.

Side Effects and Cautions of Ginger

Few side effects are linked to ginger when it is taken in small doses. Side effects most often reported are gas, bloating, heartburn, and nausea. These effects are most often associated with powdered ginger.