Ginger: Traditional Medicine Multi Purpose
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a plant that has been used by humans over 3,000 years. We can find traces of its use in the ancient texts of China and India. The word "Zingiber" in Latin and "ginger" in English comes from the word "shringavera" in Sanskrit, which means such as deer antlers.
Ginger is a very strong material trade between Europe and Asia in the Middle Ages are transported through the famous silk route. In fact, ginger is one spice that is the reason for the search for a sea route to India. Ginger is so appreciated by the Spanish, so they set up a ginger plantation in Jamaica in the 1600s.
Ginger is widely consumed as a condiment. India’s estimated average daily consumption is 8 -10 grams of fresh ginger root. A distinctive spicy flavor of ginger is mainly derived from gingerols, the major substance in fresh ginger. Dried ginger has a lower concentration, so it’s quite different from fresh ginger.
Ginger root has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), especially for the smooth function of the digestive, anti-nausea medications, bleeding and arthritis drugs, and even to cope with baldness, toothache, snakebite, and respiratory problems. Ginger is also used extensively in Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine to prevent blood clots (eg coronary heart disease and stroke), reduce cholesterol and fight arthritis. In Malaysia and Indonesia, ginger infusion is given to the mothers for 30 days after delivery to help warm the body and smooth childbirth. In Arab medicine, ginger is regarded as an aphrodisiac (sexual stimulant medication function).
In today’s modern times, the more widespread use of ginger. Ginger has been cultivated widely in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean and used worldwide. German Commission E approved the use of ginger as a treatment for dyspepsia and infection prevention. Various studies have confirmed the health benefits of ginger that has been proven for thousands of years. Here are some of the benefits of ginger that have been scientifically demonstrated:
- Digestive problems, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. Ginger can be used to treat postoperative nausea and nausea caused by motion / ride vehicle, chemotherapy, and pregnancy.
- Reduce fever, cough and flu.
- As an aphrodisiac.
- Helps slimming diet.
- Help remove intestinal gas.
- Lowering cholesterol.
- Help overcome the symptoms of osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint pain and other musculoskeletal pain (external use).
The recommended dose of ginger for consumption:
Beverages: 1 tablespoon ginger brewed in 150 ml of boiling water. Take 3 cups a day.
Add 10 to 20 drops of ginger oil for food.
For external use only:
Rub oil of ginger on the part of the body.
Ginger is one of the most powerful herbal medicine are readily available and widely useful. Make sure you always have it at home.