What is the most Popular Herbal Remedy for a variety of Ailments?
My own General Practitioner (he's a 'proper' doctor, I promise!) swears by it, and after using ginger for a number of ailments. I have to agree. It works!
Ginger has been used as a medicine from ancient times and its use for this purpose originates in India and Asia. Modern scientific research shows that it is indeed effective as a medicine: something your granny could have told you without all the scientific mumbo jumbo!
So what's it good for? Take a look! I'm not exaggerating, promise! All you need is fresh ginger root (or rhizome, to use the correct botanical term!).
Medicinal uses of Ginger
' Bruises and sprains
' Gall bladder inflammation
' Heart disease
' Discomfort caused by ulcers
' Nausea (including relief from morning sickness, post- operative nausea and nausea induced by chemotherapy)
' Stomach cramps
' Irritable bowel syndrome
' Any digestive problems
' Bacterial or fungal infections
' Halitosis (bad breath)
' Motion sickness
' Coughs and colds
' Respiratory tract disorders
' Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
' Amenorrhea (skipped or irregular periods)
' Peripheral circulation disorders
' Diabetic nephropathy disease
' Lowers cholesterol levels
' Immune system disorders
As if that wasn't enough, Ginger is said to increase the efficacy of other herbal remedies (besides helping to make them taste more palatable!)
The conventional view
Not all of the medicinal uses of Ginger have been quantified by medical science, but it is endorsed by several universities as being effective in the treatment of a variety of stomach ailments, menstrual problems, inflammation and any form of nausea. Research indicates that it may, indeed help to lower cholesterol levels, and it has killed cancer cells in test tubes!
All in all, this writer's belief is that ginger probably does do all the things we've been taught by generations of people who relied, not on research, but the experience of centuries!
Ginger can't cause any harm, just don't give it to children under two years of age and do consult your health practitioner if you are using blood-thinning, blood-pressure or other chronic medication. Pregnant women should not take more than 2g of ginger per day.
Dosage and formulations
Use approximately one or two inch cube of ginger, cut into thin slices and simmer for ten minutes on low heat in a covered pot. Sip the mixture before or with food three times a day. Eat the slices, you can add them to other food if you prefer.
Alternatively, you can save time by steeping five to seven thin slices of ginger in a cup for two minutes. This is my preferred method. Sip at least three cups of this mixture per day.
For those who don't like the taste of ginger, it can also be obtained in capsule form from your pharmacy or health shop, but check 'sell-by' dates as the aromatic oils evaporate quite quickly. Store your capsules away from heat and light.
Ginger can also be applied externally as a poultice, but do be careful if you have a sensitive skin!
Keep your ginger rhizomes in a cool, dark place to avoid withering, but don't put them in the fridge, even after they've been cut. Try cutting the end off and using it as a 'plug' to exclude air from the cut ends of the rest of the rhizome. The cut end adheres easily when pressed firmly onto the bulk of the 'root' and helps to keep it fresh.
Ginger is easy to grow in your home garden ' it even has a pretty flowers that have a lovely scent! Get rhizomes (roots) from the store or from friends who have ginger plants in their gardens. If you get your growing stock from the veggie store, look for ones with well developed, budding 'eyes'.
Plant them in well-drained soil in a protected spot (light shade, rich soil, not too much wind). Make sure that the growing plants are well fed and watered.
If all goes well, your plants will from dense clumps within as little as four monts, and then you can begin to harvest!
For more basic information about ginger like common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, etc Visit >>> nccam.nih.gov/health/ginger
Ginger is the no.1 thing used is Ayurvedic medicine and being used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 2,500 years, as a digestive and inflammatory treatment.
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Written By: Andrew Durraham, South Africa
Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )