Zingiber officinale, Roscoe (Zingiberaceae). Commonly called ginger. In French it is Gingembre; in German, Ingwerwurzelstock.
Ginger comes from a perennial tropical plant that grows in many parts of the world. Ginger from Jamaica is the most prized and the most difficult to obtain. Total worldwide production is thought to exceed 100,000 tons.
The plant has large flowers that look much like orchids, but the flowers produce neither fruits nor seeds - the plant reproduces through it's rhizomes. A volatile oil is distilled from ginger's rhizomes. It contains a complex mixture of molecules called terpenoids. The main terpenoid is called zingiberene, but the mix of terpenoids depends on where the plants have been grown. Gingerols, the plant components that impart the spicy taste, are not contained in the volatile oils - they are obtained by solvent extraction. The spiciest, most pungent ginger components, called shogaols, are not even found in fresh plants. They form during the drying process. Terpenoids, gingerols, and shogaols all exert effects on the body.
Ginger-containing products were used to help support nausea and indigestion by Chinese physicians more than 2000 years ago. Traditional herbalists attributed different actions to different parts of the plant. Fresh rhizomes were used to help support nausea and coughs, dried rhizomes were used to help support stomach aches and back pain. Over the years, ginger has become one of the most commonly used food additives.
Traditional Support Uses
Carminative and antiemetic (fights vomiting).
Commission E Recommendations
Ginger can be used to help support dyspepsia (upset stomach) and motion sickness.
Ginger exerts positive effects on the digestive, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems. It may also be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. However, the only action ever to be evaluated in clinical trials is the ability of ginger to help control nausea. Several different clinical trials have shown that ginger can reduce motion sickness, and that ginger (along with the use of vitamin B6 and acupressure) also helps support the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy.
When used to help avoid motion sickness or the morning sickness of pregnancy, the recommended dose is 1 to 2 grams of the powdered rhizome. For other purposes, the dose is 0.25 to 1.0 grams of powdered rhizome three times a day.
According to the British Pharmacopeia, the dose of Weak Ginger Tincture (1:5, 90 percent ethanol) is 1.5 to 3 milliliters up to three times a day.
For Strong Ginger Tincture (1:2, 90 percent ethanol), the dose is 0.25 to .5 milliliters up to three times a day.
User Group Forum
Share your questions and information with the ZooScape community!
Be the first to post!
Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily, with meals.
Gingerols, and possibly other components as well, can have a marked effect on contraction of the muscles in the bowel, and in the passages connecting the gallbladder to the intestine. There are no clinical reports of anyone with gallstones ever getting worse because they took ginger, but Commission E warns against using ginger if you have gallstones. (Commission E also warns against use by pregnant women.)
No component found in ginger rhizomes, or in the volatile oil, has ever been shown to interfere with workplace urine drug screening tests.
been taking ginger root as a mild non steroidal anti inflamatory for many years - keeps my osteoartritus in check - trick is it takes about a month to kick in
-- April 1, 2007
a non-steriodial anti-inflamitory - i use it for osteo-arthritus - takes about one month before the effect kicks in - been using it for many years - the effect has not diminished - dose remains the same not like aspirin
More Photographs - Ginger Root (Certified Organic) - 450 mg
End of More Photographs - Ginger Root (Certified Organic) - 450 mg
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Products are intended to support general well being and are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure any condition or disease. If conditions persist, please seek advice from your medical doctor. Information provided at ZooScape.com relies partly on Traditional Uses. The essence of the current American rule on Traditional Uses is, as stated by FTC, "Claims based on historical or traditional use should be substantiated by confirming scientific evidence, or should be presented in such a way that consumers understand that the sole basis for the claim is a history of use of the product for a particular purpose."