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Ginger, Zingiber officinale

Ginger, Zingiber officinale

Zingiberacea family

Jeng sheng, Ren sheng Panax ginseng Araliaceae family come from China and Korea.

Part used: root (rhizome); Harvest the roots when the leaves have dried.  Remove the stem and root fibers.

Constituents:  Rich in volatile oil, it contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and bio-active compounds.

Actions: Alterative, cardiac tonic, hepatic tonic, stimulant, carminative, rubefacient, diaphoretic

Ginger is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs in modern China.  It was first mentioned in Pen Tsao Ching (The Classic Book of Herbs) written by Emperor Shen Nung circa 3000 B.C.

Having been used since ancient times, it has been a favorite home remedy for centuries. It is known to offer relief to numerous health issues and symptoms as well as promoting general well-being. Most of its health benefits have been backed by scientific studies.

There is an ancient Indian proverb “Every good quality is contained in ginger.”

Ginger is closely related to other culinary herbs such as turmeric and cardamom, thus having similar benefits. It is a true superfood that can be depended on to alleviate a multitude of symptoms.

Methods of use: steep fresh or dried ginger as tea; inhale the steam; use in a poultice.

Health Benefits:

Ginger is an excellent warming herb, it promotes circulation throughout the body. It is an excellent digestive soother, and supports respiratory and bronchial problems as well as women’s reproductive issues.

Indigestion – Can be prevented by proper emptying of the stomach. Ginger’s ability to stimulate digestive juices and the flow of enzymes may help to speed your metabolism and empty the stomach.  Ginger tea after a meal or a small piece of ginger is an easy way to ensure comfort after eating.

Nausea – It is known for settling and upset stomach, motion sickness and morning sickness.

Relieve Gas –Ginger can relive gas throughout the GI system.  Eating pieces of ginger or drinking tea before or after eating are both effective.

Fight Infections – contains enzymes that help to fight bacterial infections by stopping the growth of numerous types of bacteria (yeast, gum, gingivitis); some reports state that it may be better than some antibiotics.

Sinus Relief – If your sinuses become stuffed at night, try drinking ginger tea before bedtime.

Pain Relief - Helps to control pain signaling to the brain to help ease pain. Taking 2 full grams daily for two weeks should be effective.

Fight Inflammation – contains anti-inflammatory compounds and thus helps to prevent risk of inflammatory conditions such as heart disease, cancers, diabetes, osteoarthritis and metabolic issues.

Arthritis – Osteoarthritis effects the lining of the joints and is associated with high levels of inflammation. It is often accompanied by stiffness and soreness. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties can be helpful to alleviate symptoms when consumed daily.

Reduce Risk of Cancer – specifically some ovarian cancer cells, as it boosts the immune system and has a high antioxidant content.

Alzheimer’s – is also effected by inflammation degrading the brain tissue. The high levels of antioxidants in Ginger can help to prevent inflammation from affecting the brain tissue. It has been shown to reverse deposits of plaque in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s.

Memory – Ginger extracts have been shown to improve memory, attention and cognitive function in middle-aged women.

Reduce Fat – Supports increased fat digestion. Helps to prevent overeating, improve energy levels, and stop fat generation in the body.

Regulate Blood Glucose Levels – and therefore reduce risk of Type II diabetes.

Enhance Healthy Circulation throughout the body. – This is especially important for the heart, and peripheral circulation. Ginger dilates blood vessels to support circulation and carry a healthy flow throughout the body.  

Cholesterol levels – In as much as cholesterol is a necessary compound for the body, e.g. for brain health, extra elevated cholesterol levels put people at risk for heart attack or stroke. Ginger can help reduce overall cholesterol levels as well as LDL cholesterol. 

SAFETY – there are no known side effects to using Ginger. It is considered safe to use over an extended period of time.

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