Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Part Used: Rhizome
Effective Forms: Capsules, Tea, Tincture
Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is a traditional ingredient in prescriptions to ensure absorption through the stomach to all parts of the body. As a diffusive stimulant it starts at the capillaries and works its way back to the heart. Thus, its application for poor circulation in peripheral areas – cold hands and feet have found a warm friend in Ginger.
Ginger is thought to have blood-thinning properties and the ability to lower blood cholesterol levels. Therefore, it may help in preventing heart attacks. It is a blood stimulant and cleansing herb. It is also used for respiratory problems such as colds, sore throats, bronchitis, congestion, headaches and pain.
Ginger is also known to help with nausea, kidney problems, heart problems, fever, vomiting, cramps and in herbal combinations to aid in the effectiveness of other herbs.
It is used for numerous ailments, including menstrual problems, inflammation, arthritis, high cholesterol, liver problems, gastrointestinal problems and motion sickness. Recent research has shown there are two natural antibiotics in Ginger and that it has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Another recent study involved patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had tried numerous conventional drugs which provided only temporary or partial relief. All of the patients reported significant improvement, pain relief, reduction in swelling and improved mobility from Ginger therapy.
Ginger is probably best known for its positive effect on the gastrointestinal system. It has the ability to relieve dizziness and motion sickness without causing drowsiness. It also eases morning sickness.
For severe menstrual cramps, try a tea of equal parts of Ginger, Blessed Thistle and Cramp Bark.
Capsules: 1-2 Capsules, thrice daily.
Tea: 1/4-1/2 teaspoon per cup of boiling water, drink freely.
Tincture: 5-30 drops, thrice daily.