Herb cause

Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems about a meter tall bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers.

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Interesting Facts

Ancient Medicine
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In China, ginger has been used to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea for more than 2,000 years. Chinese pharmacopeias claim long term use of fresh ginger as putting a person in contact with the spiritual advantages.

Writings of the Koran describe ginger as a beverage of the holiest heavenly spirits. Its healing heritage is unmatched in the history of medicine.

Aphrodisiac
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The list of references of ginger’s sexual tonic properties is impressive, including endorsements by the Greek Dioscorides; a citation in Arabia’s A Thousand and One Nights, John Gerard’s prescriptive herbal; and Italy’s famed University of Salerno medical school prescribed that a rule for happy life in old age was to “eat ginger, and you will love and be loved as in your youth.”

Digestive Aid
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As a digestive aid, Confucius wrote as far back as 500 B.C. of never being without ginger when he ate. In the famous De Materia Medica 77 A.D. Dioscorides recorded that ginger “warms and softens the stomach”.

Virtually every culture has recorded the virtues of ginger as a digestive aid. Bruce Cost, wrote of ginger’s use as the “Alka-Seltzer of the Roman Empire”.

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Ginger Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Arthritis - Osteoarthritis Musculoskeletal outcome
Arthritis - Ost...
Musculoskeletal

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Nausea Digestive outcome
Nausea
Digestive

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Inflammation Lymphatic outcome
Inflammation
Lymphatic

Minor Decrease

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Colorectal Cancer Digestive outcome

Notable Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Digestive outcome

Notable Decrease

Needs research

1 study

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