Parts used - the root of the plant is used, either fresh or dried. The dried root can be powdered and put into capsules. The oil from the ginger root can also be used.


Common Uses

  • Aids normal digestion
  • Helps alleviate motion sickness
  • Helps reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
  • Helps reduce post anesthesia nausea after surgery

How Ginger Works

Ginger works by stimulating the digestion and soothing upset stomachs. It acts as an antispasmodic and helps prevent nausea and vomiting. It also improves the tone of intestinal muscles.


Ginger stimulates circulation by helping to reduce platelet "stickiness" and this may improve the health of the cardiovascular system.


It also has a mild anti-inflammatory action and has been used in the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory joint diseases. When the oil is applied topically (to the skin) it increases blood flow to the area and acts as a mild pain reliever.


Suggested use of dried root powder
2 - 4 grams daily of the dried root powder, this should be divided into 2 or 3 doses. A single dose of 1 gram is suggested for the treatment of nausea. .
To help prevent travel sickness start taking ginger a couple of days before your trip begins

Suggested use of ginger oil
Add 5 – 10 drops to 25 ml of almond oil (eucalyptus and juniper work well too). Use as massage oil for arthritis, rheumatism, lumbago and bone or joint injuries.
Add 1 or 2 drops of pure ginger oil to half a teaspoon of honey or a sugar lump. This helps reduce flatulence, nausea, stomach upsets and menstrual cramps.


Side effects There have been no side effects noted with the use of ginger at these doses.


Safety concerns
The German Commission E Monographs suggest that people with gallstones should consult their physician before using Ginger.


Although short term use of ginger during pregnancy to help reduce nausea and vomiting poses no safety problems, long term use during pregnancy is not recommended.


If you are thinking of using ginger before surgery in order to help counteract post anesthesia nausea, check with your physician first.


History of Ginger
Ginger has been cultivated in China and India for thousands of years. It was sold to the ancient Greeks and Romans by Arabian traders, and in the second century A.D. was actually subject to Roman taxes. The Spaniards brought it to America and it is now grown in the West Indies.
Chinese herbalists have been recommending ginger for more than 2,500 years. It also plays an important role in traditional healing in India, Nigeria and the West Indies

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