The plant Zingiber officinale in botanical name is commonly known as Ginger, a wonder plant with lots of medicinal properties. Grown in subtropical area, it is a perennial reed like plant. Its roots are known as Ginger rhizome and are widely used as a kitchen spice. The roots of the matured plant are first collected and are treated against sprouting. Later it is preserved for different commercial applications. It is estimated that, Asian countries have been using ginger for over 4,400 years.  It is widely used in Indian, Chinese and Arabic traditional medicines.

The root ginger rhizome contains, acids such as alpha-linolenic, caprylic, capric, aspartic, ascorbic, linoleic, gadoleic, glutaminic, oleic, oxalic and miristic, with full of fiber, amino acids and minerals.  India, China and Jamaica are the leading producers of the wonder root. The pungent phenol contents, rich oil and acid contents add its importance to its already existing medicinal properties. Both traditional and allopathic practitioners are believed to recommend consuming Ginger intakes in different forms. Some of the most common conditions like the ones given below are treated effectively with ginger without any known side effects:

  • Nausea and Vomiting:  Usage of 1gm of ginger is very effective to regulate or control nausea and vomiting during pregnancy including morning sickness. Since it is a hot spicy product, pregnant ladies should not take more than 1gm per day and not more than continuously for 4 days. For people other than pregnant ladies, 1gm ginger powder or half table spoon ginger can be taken every four hours to have a better result.
  • Indigestion:  Raw ginger or powdered ginger can be used to spice up the food which in turn helps to get a good digestive order. To control indigestion, consumption of 4gm of ginger or ginger juice is good.
  • Post operation vomiting: Studies revealed that 1gm of ginger root prior to operation can reduce nausea after operation.
  • Dizziness:  Ginger tablets can control travel related sickness if taken 3 hours before your journey.   An intake of half tea spoon grated ginger will also help you to reduce travel related sickness if taken one hour before your trip.
  • Chemotherapy:  Ginger along with foods, not on empty stomach, can reduce vomiting tendency while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
  • Ulcers:  Ginger powder is excellent to resist the development of ulcers by destroying Helicobacter pylori, which secretes ammonia that is responsible for ulcers.
  • Diarrhea:  It effectively combats the deadly bacteria, Escherichia coli, which is responsible for diarrhea.  Ginger, if taken in the recommended dose can kill the harmful microbes.  It can also help to resist the formation of intestinal rots which is the cause for abdominal swelling.   Gingerols in the root can enhance intestinal peristaltism which helps to push out the excrements.