Properties of ginger
Zingiber officinale Roscoe
PROPERTIES OF GINGER
Common noun: Ginger, Garden ginger
Scientific noun: Zingiber officinale Roscoe = Amomum zingiber L. = Zingiber zingiber (L.) H. Karst.
Family: Ginger family - Zingiberaceae
Habitat: South of Asia. Cultivated in many warm places.
Characteristics/ description of Ginger
Perennial plant of the Ginger family - Zingiberaceae - up to 1,8 m. Reddish stems, looking like leaves. Lanceolate leaves and whitish flowers gathered in spikes. Characteristic rhizomes used as a spice and because of their medicinal properties.
Broadly used by the Roman Empire, it was forgot after its fall and it was recovered by Marco Polo in his trip to the East.
It can be found in the wild in many islands of the Caribbean, where it flourishes spontaneously what doesn't happen in warm regions where it is cultivated.
The main producer of the world is Jamaica. Other producing countries are: India and China.
Composition: Active components of Ginger
- Acids:alpha-linolenic, linoleic, ascorbic, aspartic, capric, caprylic, gadoleic, glutaminic, miristic, oleic, oxalic (root)
- Shoagaols (root)
- Gingerol (root)
- Fiber (root)
- Essential oils: citral, citronellal, limonene, camphene, beta- bisolobene, beta-caryophyllene, beta-bisabolol, alpha-farnesene, alpa-cadinene, alfa-cadinol. beta-phellandrene, beta-pinene, beta-sesquiphellandrene. gama-eudesmol,
- Minerals: aluminium, boron, chromium, cobalt, manganesium, phosphorus, silicon, zinc
- Vitamins: niacin
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF GINGER
Internal use of Ginger
- Digestive tract diseases: Traditionally ginger has been used to treat intestinal affections, especially related with digestive problems. It seems that, by stimulating the pancreas, it increases the production of enzymes which favours digestion and avoids the appearance of a series of secondary effects related with a bad absorption of food.
Equally its antibacterial power is effective against preventing numerous intestinal problems that take place as a result of the alteration of the intestinal flora.
Ginger for circulatory diseases
Ginger constitutes a good resource for some circulatory diseases because it favours blood circulation. It helps to dissolve blood clots in the arteries and diminish the levels of cholesterol in blood. By making blood more fluid it helps to prevent a series of vascular accidents as:
Ginger for tther diseases
-Alcoholism: With antioxidant properties, it stimulates bile and protects the liver by preventing the development of cancerous tumors. Add ginger to foods.
- Multiple sclerosis: The anti-inflammatory and stimulant properties of this plant, which could help reduce the inflammatory effects on myelin and help increase the vigor of patients with multiple sclerosis, who are often affected by constant fatigue. (Infusion of one teaspoon of dried plant per cup of water. Take one cup a day. You can eat fresh if you cut into very fine pieces)
- Fybromialgia: Ginger is one of the best anti-inflammatory and analgesic remedies. Its ingestion reduces the pain of fibromyalgia (Swallow a couple of teaspoons of ginger powder spread over a toast twice a day. About 10 g)
- Fever: This plant has antiviral and antibacterial properties that help eliminate the infection and symptoms of many diseases such as influenza, cold, reducing pain and fever. (Infusion of a teaspoon of dried root per cup of water. Take a couple of glasses a day. Add the juice of half a lemon to enhance its value.)
External use of Ginger
- Treatment of the pain: The analgesic and anti-inflammatory values of ginger can be used externally to mitigate pain and swelling produced in:
Dosage of Ginger
- The maximum dose of powdered ginger is 2 gr.daily.
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Other uses of Ginger
The common ginger is broadly used in the kitchen a a spice. It presents different forms that go from their fresh variety to the caramelized one.
Some other varieties are the dry one and the powdered. It's got a strong and piercing flavor, lightly sweet. It provides a very original touch to the foods to those it adds its medicinal properties.
Contraindications of Ginger
Do not take a daily dose of powdered extract superior to 2 gr. Superior dose of about 6 daily gr. can produce ulcer or gastritis.
The essential oil should not be ingested in serious affections of the digestive tract as ulcers, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease or Irritable Bowel syndrome. Neither it should be administered in people having illnesses of neurological type or those that possess or are prone to gallstones. Never use with children under 6.
The complete plant should not be used by its hepatotoxic properties. Externally, the use of the essential oil should not be applied in people that possess respiratory allergy.
Ginger contains curcumin, a component with phototoxic properties, that can react in contact with the light, in very sunny atmospheres specially in high mountain, producing lesions in the skin.
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