All About Ginger

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Other names for Ginger, past or present:

English – Gingifere
Latin – Zingiber officinale
Greek – Zingiberis
French – Gingembre
German – Ingwer
Spanish – Jenbibre
Italian – Zenzero
Chinese (Mandarin) – Jiang; Sheng jiang
Japanese – Shoga, Jinja, Myoga
Korean – Kon-gang, Geon-gang, Jinjeo, Chinjo, Saenggang
Indonesian – Aliah, Jae, Lia
Hindi – Adrak, Adrakh; Sonth, Saunth

Ginger – Background & Uses

Native to Zanzibar, ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale.

Hot ginger tea has been used for centuries by practitioners of Chinese medicine as a remedy for respiratory ailments, fatigue, and poor circulation. The phytonutrients in ginger repelenish nutrients in the body while the high temperature of the liquid and the gingerol activity relieve stomach discomfort, fever, and congestion. [2]

Ginger is believed to be an effective natural remedy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is considered to be effective in lowering cholesterol and reducing the likelihood of type 2 diabetes.[3] However, these claims have not been verified according to modern science.

As a digestive aid, fever-reducer, expectorant, decongestant, antioxidant, immune-booster, mild painkiller, and antibacterial agent, ginger has been considered a cure-all by practitioners of traditional and alternative medicine. [4]

Ginger – Scientific Studies

To determine its potential to prevent certain cancers, gingerol–the active component in ginger–has been the focus of clinical trials. Researchers determined that in cases of ovarian cancer, administration of gingerol contributed to cancer-cell death. In cases of ovarian cancer, gingerol was found to reduce inflammation and boost immune function. Researchers have found that Gingerol might protect against colon cancer. [5]

Old Drawing Of Ginger Plant



[1] Ginger. Wikipedia.

[2] Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of
Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies. 2002. Penguin Putnam NY.

[3] Peirce, Andrea. The American Pharmaceutical Association practical guide to natural medicines 1999. Stonesong Press, Inc. New York.

[4] Khalsa, Karta Purkh Singh and Michael Tierra. 2008. The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: The Most Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Health with Traditional Ayurvedic Herbalism. Lotus Press: Twin Lakes, WI.

[5] Peirce, Andrea. The American Pharmaceutical Association practical guide to natural medicines 1999. Stonesong Press, Inc. New York.

Main article researched and created by Kelsey Wambold, © 2013

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1 Comment

  • By Khun Siwalai, December 29, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Ginger is one plant, Turmeric is another one of 500 in the same species. We are using both of them along with other Thai medicinal Herbs for treatment, reversal, healing of various Pain, range of motion limitation like Frozen Shoulder, other. These Herbs have been applied for Centuries in Thailand, unfortunate due to convenience only few Spa’s use fresh Herbs. Yet it is fresh Herbs that provide optimum healing results.

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