The genus Zingiber contains the true gingers, a set of plants with medicinal and culinary value in many parts of the world. The most well-known is Z. officinale, garden ginger.
Essential oil derived from the rhizome, (the root-like stem), of Zingiber cassumunar Roxburgh, an herbal plant used in Southeast Asia for centuries for a broad range of medical conditions.
Medical research studies into the medicinal properties of various plants in the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family have isolated the Zingiber cassumunar and Zingiber officinale species for its anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and pain relieving activity*
In many countries, Zingiber is widely used in traditional remedies as a single plant or as a component of herbal recipes. The extract, from the rhizome of the plant, pictured on the right, has been used topically for centuries for the treatment of sprains, contusions, joint inflammations, muscular pain, abscesses and similar inflammation-related disorders.
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The rhizome (underground stem) of Ginger is used as an aromatic carminative and pungent appetite stimulant; it is also a remedy for digestion.
Ginger is effective against nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, pregnancy, and postoperative recovery; it also may be effective and safe for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
It may effectively be used for patients who continue to experience delayed nausea and vomiting despite treatment with other less effective anti-nausea drugs.
Volatile oils (bisabolene, cineol, phellandrene, citral, borneol, citronellol, geranial, linalool, limonene, zingiberol, zingiberene, camphene), Oleoresin (gingerol, shogaol), Phenol (gingeol, zingerone), Proteolytic enzyme (zingibain), Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Linoleic acid. The pungency of ginger is due to GINGEROL which is the alcohol group of the oleoresin.
Ginger owes its aroma to about 1 to 3% of volatile oils; these are bisabolene, zingiberene and zingiberol.
Anti-tumor: this is one of the herbs possessing the highest anti-tumor activities.
Gingerols (chemically, gingerol is a relative of capsaisin) are the main active components in Ginger and responsible for its distinctive flavor, it may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.
Results suggest that Ginger compounds may be effective chemo – preventive and/or chemotherapeutic agents for colorectal carcinomas
Anti-inflammatory: gingerol is capable of suppressing the inflammatory effect of severe arthritis were treated with Ginger oil.
Ginger may help, suggests a study published in a recent issue of Osteoarthritis Cartilage
Antioxidant: A number of animal studies have shown that Ginger lowers cholesterol levels.
Experimental animal data suggest a strong positive effect of the Ginger on plasma lipid composition that may be important for the prevention of atherosclerotic events.
Nausea: prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting in women. For women looking for relief from their nausea, dry retching, and vomiting, the use of ginger in early pregnancy will reduce their symptoms to an equivalent extent as vitamin B6.
Motion sickness: for preventing seasickness and motion sickness.
The substance that gives Zingiber officinale its flavor (gingerol) may inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells, according to research at a major meeting of oncology experts in the US.
Ginger compounds may be effective chemo preventive- and /or chemotherapeutic agents for colorectal carcinomas.
Plants of the Ginger (Zingiberaceae) family have been credited with therapeutic- and preventive properties and have been reported to have anti-cancer activity.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale and Alpinia galanga) extract may be useful in delaying the onset and the progression of neurodegenerative disorders involving chronically activated microglial cells in the central nervous system (the neuron loss in Alzheimer’s disease).
For all applications make a tea (1 tea spoon / cup).
Let the tea simmer for 10 – 20 minutes.
Tincture: 2 – 4 ml. daily (1 – 3 full droppers).
Against cholesterol, liver- and gallbladder problems: 30 drops (1 ml), 3 times daily
Against cancerous tumors: 2 – 4 ml daily.
Infusion: 1 – 2 cups daily.
Precautions / drug interactions
Ginger can enhance the anticoagulant effect of Warfarin (Coumadin), leading to an increased risk of bleeding.
H2-blockers / Proton pump inhibitors: Ginger may antagonize activity by increasing stomach acid production.
Antihypertensives: Ginger may cause additive hypotensive effects.
Hypoglycemics / Insulin: Ginger may cause additive reductions in blood glucose.
# Ginger medicinal value …used widely in Ayuverdict,Homoeopathy,Chinese and Malay traditional Herbs preparation.