Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index by Interflyer

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name ginger

Origin Southeast Asia, India, China

Scientific Name Zingiber officinale

Description Ginger is a perennial plant native to southeast Asia and cultivated in other tropical regions such as Jamaica. This warm climate plant is closelt related to turmeric and marjoram and its roots are used for culinary and therapeutic purposes.

Uses Ginger is a powerhouse of Far Eastern traditional medicine. It is renowned for its stomach-settling properties. Ginger's antinausea effects make it useful for reducing dizziness, a common problem in older patients, as well as treating morning sickness. Ginger supplements are also a fine remedy for flatulence. It has also been used to relieve headaches (including migraine), calm inflamation and rheumatic pains, treat kidney ailments, sooth sore throats and ease old cold symptoms. Giner tea or tincture taken hot is said to cleanse the system through perspiration and to suppress menstruation.


Possible Side Effects Ginger is very safe for a broad range of complaints. Occasional heartburn seems to be the only documented side effect.

REMINDER If you have a medical condition such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, palpatations, high blood sugar or other medical conditions talk to your doctor before taking supplements.