Information on Ginger

Latin NameZingiber officinalisphoto
Part UsedRhizome
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, tablet, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Liver
CautionsAvoid large doses during pregnancy and in cases of gallstones.
Botanical InfoA tropical plant with yellow or tan fragrant flowers. It grows at least three feet high from masses of knobby underground rhizomes.
DescriptionGinger is one of the most popular herbs used world-wide. It is a warming herb used to support digestion, relieve nausea (from motion sickness, morning sickness, chemotherapy, etc.), and stimulate circulation. It is useful taken in the early stages of a cold or flu to shorten unpleasant symptoms, to induce sweating, and help the body eliminate the pathogens and waste products. Ginger has long been used to alleviate coughing, painful digestion, colic, and diarrhea. Women take ginger tea for suppressed menstruation, dysmenorrhea, and pelvic congestion. It is a common ingredient in bitters formulas and in laxative formulas to help prevent "griping" or cramping. In Chinese medicine dried ginger is used for vomiting, diarrhea, cold extremities, and cough. (Fresh ginger is used for nausea and vomiting, swelling and pain in the chest and abdomen, and excess phlegm).
Ginger is used externally in fomentations to relieve the pain of arthritis, strains, sprains, sore backs or elbows, and other injuries.

Ginger has a taste of PUNGENT and a temperature of HOT.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2 droppersful 2-3 x daily
Capsules2 caps 3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Ginger

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Abdominal painwarming digestanttea, tincture, capsules or tablets
Chillswarming stimulanttea, tincture, capsule
Circulation, poordigestive-warmingtincture, capsules, tea
Colic, adultintestinal antispasmodictea, capsule, tincture
Fatiguedigestive strengtheningtincture, capsule
Liver, stimulantliver stimulanttincture, tea, capsule
Leg crampscirculatory stimulanttea, tincture, capsule
Menstrual crampsblood movertincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Menstruation, suppressedblood movertincture, tea, capsule
Morning sicknessanti-nauseanttincture, capsule, tea
Motion sicknessanti-nauseanttincture, tea, capsule
Nauseaanti-nauseanttincture, tea, capsule
Seasicknessantinauseantcapsule, tincture
Vitiligobowel strengtheningtincture, tea, tablet, capsule
Vomitingantinauseanttincture, tea, capsule
Weight, to gaindigestive tonictincture, tea, capsule
Dyspepsiadigestive aid, warming digestive stimulant, antinauseanttea, tincture, capsules, tablets
Bowel dysbiosisbowel regulator, warming digestive aidtincture, tea, capsules, tablets


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