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Filed Under (Medicinal Herbs) by herb-garden on 15-09-2007

As well as being a valued and popular condiment, ginger is highly medicinal. Native to south-east Asia introduced and spread in many tropical countries. The plant is propagated from rhizome cuttings and planted on to well drain fertile soil. Ginger is a perennial, creeping plant, producing an erect annual stem 60 to 150 cm tall. Flowers are produced in spikes greenish with purple marks.

Ginger is a very valuable tonic for nerves and the digestive system. Often used as an adjunct to other remedies. Good for colds sore throats, nausea. It has been used with good effect for delayed menstruation and for exhaustion following childbirth. Take some candied ginger for travel sickness. Ginger is an important ingredient of senna laxatives, to prevent griping.

Chew a small piece of the root before meals or take a cap of tea made with a quarter-teaspoon of powdered ginger to a cup of hot water, sweetened with honey, for delayed menstruation, painful menstrual periods and child-birth pains. Ginger extracts have long been used by herbalists to treat health problems associated with inflammation such as arthritis and bronchitis. More recent studies indicate that ginger help to prevent blood from clotting and lower cholesterol.

Ginger should not be used by children under 2 years of age and large doses should be avoided by people suffering from any skin complaints.

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