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Health Benefits of Ginger Plant : Spicy Healthy Ginger

Zingiber officinale is not the name of a German company producing office equipment. It is the botanical name of the underground rhizome of the ginger plant, so well known for its medical and gastronomical use. It is mostly grown in the tropical areas of the United States, China, India, being originally native to southeast Asia.

Ancient Indian proverb praises ginger, stating that all the best can be found in this herb. It has been used for centuries for treating a variety of medical conditions. First, ginger root is a remedy for various stomach conditions – vomiting, nausea, digestion problems and intestinal gas. The herbal preparations reduce nausea symptoms associated with pregnancy, motion sickness (sea sickness including) and prevent severe vomiting in pregnancy. Ginger also reduces nausea and vomiting that is the effect of cancer treatment, chemotherapy in particular. Moreover, several studies have proved that one of the herb's active component, gingerols, is effective in inhibiting the growth of human colorectal cancer cells. Although the latter has not been thoroughly studied yet.

Another use of the ginger is in its anti-inflammatory actions. Arthritis, bronchitis, and ulcerative colitis, associated with the inflammation, are successfully treated with the herb extracts. Cytokines and chemokines, pro-inflammatory compounds, produced by cells comprising the synovial lining of the joints and leukocytes, are supressed under the action of ginger. Patients with arthritis while taking ginger have noticed relief of pain and swelling symptoms.

And more: ginger is an aromatic cooking spice and is proved to help the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and relieve menstual periods. Its active components produce immune boosting action, providing healthy sweating useful during flus and colds. The better antiflamatory action is gained while using fresh (not dried) spice forms – there’s more ginger's active protease and gingerol in the fresh root.

Ginger is also available in extracts, capsules, tinctures and oils. Speaking about ginger spice, you can find it in a variety of foods: ginger bread (used even in ancient times by Greeks during feasts to relieve stomach heaviness), ginger snaps, ginger sticks, and ginger ale.

The dosage of ginger use is rather wide and seldom restricted. Although, it is suggested to use from 1 to 4 g of the extract per day. Much depends on what the person is taking it for. Stomach disorders are treated with 2-4 g of ginger per day, vomiting is handled with 1 gram of powdered ginger daily. To treat arthritis use fresh ginger juice, extract or tea (2 to 4 grams daily); rub ginger oil into painful joint or put fresh root compress to painful areas.

Ginger can be given to children starting from 2 years for treating vomiting, digestive disorders and headaches. There is no dose restrictions for the kids, though to calculate the needed amount of the herb, just take into consideration the 1/3 proportion (that is the proportion for the adult/child weight).

Precautions of the ginger use suggest limiting the usage of its dried forms by pregnant women. Also, if you suffer from gallstones consult your physician before taking ginger.

But overall – enjoy ginger while treating your health troubles and just as a spicy addition for the favorite dishes.

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