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Advantages: Various medicinal values
Disadvantages: none when used in proper doses
Ginger is an herb which is rich in medicinal value. It has irregular, underground, branched stems, which are juicy, yellowish, with threads inside, unevenly thick and tough. It has a characteristic fragrance when shredded or cut. It can be used in fresh or dried form. It is available in super markets and other food shops. I use ginger paste while preparing curries and occasionally grated ginger while preparing tea.
Ginger is known for its medicinal properties from ages and has being in use as a medicine in India, China and Far East since long. It is routinely used in Indian recipes as a spice where it serves both flavouring as well as medicinal purposes. Now a day's various ginger recipes are available such as gingerbreads, biscuits, soups and pickles.
Ginger has major role in treatment of indigestion, loss of appetite, distension of abdomen, nausea, vomiting etc.
A small piece of fresh ginger with salt/rock salt sprinkled on it, if eaten prior to meal helps in digestion and absorption of food.
Shredded fresh ginger mixed with lemon juice and honey is a famous combination used in digestive tract problems especially in nausea and vomiting.
In my household we often prepare herbal tea using shredded ginger in it, especially when we suffer from cold or sometimes just to enjoy the spicy tea. Herbal tea prepared out of fresh/dried ginger gives an advance guard from respiratory troubles in cold seasons. Drinking ginger herbal tea is sometimes recommended for relief of cold symptoms because it is said to loosen phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling throughout the body. In influenza and other viral fevers, decoction or herbal tea induces sweating and reduces fever.
This decoction or herbal tea works excellent in catarrhal infections like allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, acute and chronic bronchitis where accumulated secretions are the irritating factor.
Ginger is a proven remedy in menstrual disorders also. A decoction of ginger is to be taken regularly for 6 to 12 consecutive cycles helps in correcting problems like irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, and suppression of menses.
Ginger is known for its pain killing properties also. It is used in all types of pain, internally or externally. In headache, backache or any kind of muscular catch ginger can be applied externally where it works as a counterirritant and helps in relieving pain.
To relieve headaches and migraines, a little ginger can be mixed with flour and water to form a paste. Massage this paste onto the temples. This paste can be applied anywhere there is pain to provide gentle relief. It is useful as a milder and quicker alternative to a poultice.
In toothache it is pressed against painful tooth, gum and the juice helps in relieving pain and swelling.
Powdered ginger placed into socks can warm the feet, and is particularly useful for winter activities such as skiing and ice-skating. The method suggested is to start with a mild dose of half teaspoon in each sock, and increase, if necessary, until the feet are comfortably warm. It is important to move the feet by walking as soon as the ginger in put into the sock to kick-start the circulation.
There are some CAUTIONS associated with it:
Excessive use of ginger (daily for 3-4 weeks) can result in over stimulation of the body.
Allergic reactions to ginger generally result in a rash, and although generally recognized as safe, ginger can cause heartburn, bloating, gas, belching and nausea, particularly if taken in powdered form.
Un-chewed fresh ginger may result in intestinal blockage, and individuals who have had ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or blocked intestines may react badly to large quantities of fresh ginger.
There does not seem to have been contraindications noted with the use of ginger by pregnant women. They should, however, exercise caution by taking lower dosages of it. Long-term use while pregnant is generally also not advised.
Ginger can also adversely affect individuals with gallstones. There are also suggestions that ginger may affect blood pressure, clotting, and heart rhythms.
People taking blood thinners, barbiturates, beta-blockers, insulin or diabetes medications should consult a physician before use since ginger may conflict with these medications. Ginger may also interfere with the absorption of dietary iron and fat-soluble vitamins, and cause stomach upset in higher doses.
Ginger is certainly a nature's gift to mankind and when used in right doses can unsurprisingly relieve our day today health problems.
Summary: one of Nature's gift to mankind