Friday, May 9, 2008

Ginger Root or Zingiber Officinale

Ginger Facts
Ginger grows in India, China, Mexico, Jamaica and other tropical areas. Its thick tuberous rhizomes (underground stems), also referred to as the roots, are used for its volatile oils that work medicinally to aid digestion and improve cardiovascular health. The Japanese serve ginger slices with sushi to clear the palate and as a digestive aid. Ginger is even used as a remedy for dandruff, by combining Ginger and olive oil to use directly on the scalp. It is a classic tonic for the digestive tract.

How Ginger Works
Ginger stimulates digestion and keeps the intestinal muscles toned to ease the digestive process (with less irritation). It is helpful in combatting nausea and vomiting, because it boosts the digestive fluids and neutralizes acids. Ginger makes blood platelets less sticky and therefore less likely to clump, or clot. It also works as an antiinflammatory and pain reliever to assist with muscle aches, chronic pain, arthritis and to ease bronchial constriction due to allergies and colds.

Possible Benefits

Lowers cholesterol
Soothes and promotes healing of minor burns and skin inflammations
Relieves morning sickness, nausea, vomiting and dizziness
Reduces flatulence
Relieves pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis
Helps with migraine headaches
Good for cardiovascular health
Eases muscle aches
Relieves allergies and colds.

Usage Guidelines
No known toxicity. Side effects with ginger are rare, but its possible it could cause heartburn in some people sensitve to this herb. Long term use during pregnancy is not recommended, but okay for first several months, for short term use. Take with water.