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Common Name :Ginger
Scientific name : Zingiber officinale
Family : Zingiberaceae

Y-properties: High Yang herb (Warm & Fiery)
Distinguish Features : Pale, yellowish to darkish tuber/root. Has a skin of different shades of dark, yellow to whitish. Use only the root or rhizome. Young immature ginger sold in oriental markets appeared greenish in color. The known constituents of Ginger include gingerols, zingibain, bisabolenel, oleoresins, starch, essential oil (zingiberene, zingiberole, camphene, cineol, borneol), mucilage, and protein.
Found : Common herb sold in the market.

  1. Powdered ginger. Grounded from dried root.
  2. Preserved ginger in can. Gingers were sliced then cooked in a heavy sugar syrup.
  3. Crystallized ginger tea. Gingers were cooked in sugar syrup, then dried to form crystallized granuler.
  4. Pickled ginger. Gingers were sliced and pickled in a vinegar solution.
Ginger is a tasty, aromatic spice which has been an important herb in Traditional Chinese medicine for many centuries. It is commonly available, popular and a cheap herb. The aroma and the favour derived from ginger, and added to food as spices as has been practised by the west too.

The used of ginger was known all over the world. It is used in cooking. It has been ascribed as aphrodisiac. In some countries, it is chewed to ward off evil spirits. It is used to induced sweating. It also helped relieve indigestion and gas pains. Other uses include treating nausea, motion sickness, anti-inflammatory, stimulate blood circulation, anti toxin, cleansing, reduce cholesterol and many more uses. It is the all-in-one herb of the Chinese.

Some common Chinese traditional uses of ginger:

After birth : Ginger is a must for Chinese women after birth. It helps reduce Yin and norishes the body. Ginger is usually deep fried with meat and eaten with rice.

For Fits : Ginger helps stimulate blood circulation and heat up the body. To treat a fit, press out the juice of freshly pound ginger and forcefully give the juice to the patient to drink.

For Piles : Regularly taking a slice of ginger everyday helps promote flatulence and control hernia.

For Hypothermia : Ginger is recommended for relief of cold symptoms including hypothermia. Boil several slices of ginger and drink it when cool.

There are no known drug side effects. Ginger does not interact with any other food or drugs in the body and ginger in all forms is very safe to take. But ginger may cause stomach upset to some people in higher doses. It should not be taken two weeks prior to surgery. This is due to the fact that ginger make blood platelets more liquidness and increases the risk of bleeding.
If you are a Yang person, you should take ginger moderately and preferably being cooked with salt to neutralize the fiery effect.

The benefits of long term consumption of ginger are many. They include strengthening of the immune system and heart, aid circulation, improved digestion, sharpened memory and slowing down of the aging process.

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