Ginger is a rhizome of the plant Zingiber Officinale, and is used all over the world as a spice and a culinary essential, and sometimes also as a natural medicine. It belongs to the same family as turmeric, galangal and cardamom and was grown and cultivated in the South Asia, after which, it spread to East Asia and Caribbean.
While ginger does have a good reputation in the world of herbal medicine, it is a favorite spice among many different cultures and regions around the world. What’s more, ginger doesn’t just add flavor to dishes, it is also added to tea and is a component of many pickles and sauces. Some food preservatives were also found to contain ginger extracts.
Fresh ginger needs to be peeled and used; and it can be easily stored in the refrigerator for around 7-10 days.
Let’s take a closer look and find out other uses of ginger, particularly in improving health and wellness.
- The American Cancer Society has found sufficient evidence to confirm the efficiency of use of ginger as a natural anti-cancer agent. Some preliminary studies have found ginger extracts to be powerfully effective in preventing the growth and spread of tumors.
- Many herbal medicine practitioners also claim that the extracts of ginger could help relieve pain and swelling associated with autoimmune disorders, particularly arthritis and rheumatism.
- Nausea, dizziness and uneasiness occurring as a result of chemotherapy and other cancer therapies can be treated using ginger extracts.
- Ginger is also known to deal with motion sickness, post-operative nausea and morning sickness associated with pregnancy.
- The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of ginger make it an effective natural treatment for several disorders of the digestive origin including diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach cramps, indigestion, flatulence and more.
- Ginger extracts have also demonstrated hepatoprotective effects in rats in certain preliminary studies.
- Ginger is also known to be rich in antioxidants, antineoplastic agents and possesses valuable antibacterial properties that help prevent many health conditions including cancer, infections of the gastrointestinal origin, high blood cholesterol levels, nausea etc.