Click to enlarge Common Name :Ginger
Scientific name : Zingiber officinale
Family : Zingiberaceae
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.
- Powdered ginger. Grounded from dried root.
- Preserved ginger in can. Gingers were sliced then cooked in a heavy sugar syrup.
- Crystallized ginger tea. Gingers were cooked in sugar syrup, then dried to form crystallized granuler.
- Pickled ginger. Gingers were sliced and pickled in a vinegar solution.
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. Conclusion:
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. Always Take Good Care of your health!
Health is Wealth!