Ginger Root (dried, cut and sifted)
Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale
---Synonyms--- Canada snakeroot, Indian ginger, Vermont snakeroot
---Part used--- root
Folk History and Use
Folk medicine has used ginger to treat indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea and loss of appetite. It is considered carminative, aphrodisiac, tonic, aperative and stomachic, especially for convalescents. Teas have have been made for indigestion, stomach aches, malaria and fever.
The Chinese value ginger as a stimulating diaphoretic and always add ginger to meat dishes to detoxify the meat. They use ginger externally to remove the heat of painful, inflamed and stiff joints. An oil extract of ginger is used in massage therapy for the treatment of dandruff and for earaches.
A favorite personal use of ginger is to place 2-3 tablespoonsful in a hot tub of water. This really relaxes muscles and relieves body pain. It helps if you place the powdered ginger in a large tea bag so you do not have floaties in the bath with you.
Carminitive (essential oil)
Hypocholesterolemic (essential oil)
Diaphoretic (essential oil)
Anti-inflammatory (essential oil)
Analgesic (topically)(essential oil)
Hypoglycemic (essential oil)
The volatile oils, oleo resins and proteolytic enzymes in ginger are digestive stimulants which trigger the production of digestive fluids. This helps combat the effects of overeating, improper chewing or excessive motion by helping to make the digestive process more efficient, increasing gastric motility and neutralizing toxins and acids in the digestive tract. This carminative action has been widely recognized for centuries and is the basis for most of its medicinal use.
The volatile oils are also stimulants that produce effects on the circulatory system, including diaphoretic action and vasomotor stimulus. The folk use of ginger in rheumatism remedies apparently has some basis as ginger is hypocholesterolemic, both to serum cholesterol and cholesterol stored in the liver. This makes ginger a blood purifier in folk terms. This may also help rid the body of other toxins that contribute to the inflammatory diseases.
The fresh juice of ginger has the ability to reduce serum glucose levels in test animals and may have use as a hypoglycemic agent, although its mode of action is obscure.
Finally, the phenolic oleo properties associated with ginger root are also antimicrobial (antihelmintic and bactericidal).
Typical Daily Usage
Fresh Root: 2-4 Tablespoons
Dried Root: 3-6 gm
Extract: 4.5 gm dried root, 22 ml alcohol, 23 ml water