Ginger
Ginger

Mature ginger rhizomes are fibrous and nearly dry. The juice from old ginger roots is extremely potent and is often used as a spice in Indian recipes, and is a quintessential ingredient of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and many South Asian cuisines for flavoring dishes such as seafood or goat meat and vegetarian cuisine.

 

Some studies indicate ginger may provide short-term relief of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. Studies are inconclusive about effects for other forms of nausea or in treating pain from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint and muscle injury. Side effects, mostly associated with powdered ginger, are gas, bloating, heartburn, and nausea.
Tea brewed from ginger is a common folk remedy for colds. Ginger ale and ginger beer are also drunk as stomach settlers in countries where the beverages are made.
• In Burma, ginger and a local sweetener made from palm tree juice (htan nyat) are boiled together and taken to prevent the flu.
• In China, ginger is included in several traditional preparations. A drink made with sliced ginger cooked in water with brown sugar or a cola is used as a folk medicine for the common cold. "Ginger eggs" (scrambled eggs with finely diced ginger root) is a common home remedy for coughing.  The Chinese also make a kind of dried ginger candy that is fermented in plum juice and sugared, which is also commonly consumed to suppress coughing. Ginger has also been historically used to treat inflammation, which several scientific studies support, though one arthritis trial showed ginger to be no better than a placebo or ibuprofen for treatment of osteoarthritis.[16]
• In Congo, ginger is crushed and mixed with mango tree sap to make tangawisi juice, which is considered a panacea.
• In India, ginger is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headache, and consumed when suffering from the common cold. Ginger with lemon and black salt is also used for nausea.
• In Indonesia, ginger is used as a herbal preparation to reduce fatigue, reducing "winds" in the blood, prevent and cure rheumatism and control poor dietary habits.
• In Nepal, ginger is used throughout the country as a spice for vegetables, used medically to treat cold and also sometimes used to flavor tea.
• In the Philippines, ginger is used as a throat lozenge in traditional medicine to relieve sore throat. It is also brewed into a tea.
• In the United States, ginger is used to prevent motion and morning sickness. It is recognized as safe by the FDA and is sold as an unregulated dietary supplement. Ginger water is also used to avoid heat cramps.
• In Peru, ginger is sliced in hot water as an infusion for stomach aches
• In Japan it is purported to aid blood circulation. Scientific studies investigating these effects have been inconclusive.

If consumed in reasonable quantities, ginger has few negative side effects, though it does interact with some medications, including warfarin. Ginger may have effects on people suffering from gallstones.There are also suggestions that ginger may affect blood pressure, clotting, and heart rhythms.

 

Facts sourced from Wikipedia

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