Functions and Applications of Ginger.
- Basic Botanical Information of Ginger.
- Botanical Description of Zingiber officinale and Phytochemical Constituents of Ginger.
- Origin and Narrative History of of Ginger,Traditional and Current Uses.
- Medicinal Action and Uses Brief Introduction of Ginger.
- Functions and Applications of Ginger.
- Historical View,Classical Reference Notes,Pharmacology and Medical Benefits of Ginger.
- Additional Research of Ginger.
- Administration Guide and Suggestions of Ginger.
- Culture and Practice of Ginger Tea.
- The Essence of Ginger.
- Research Update:Ginger and Its Constituents.
Functions and Applications of Ginger.
Warms the spleen and stomach and dispels cold, recovers depleted yang and removes obstruction in the channels and collaterals as well as warms the lungs and removes fluid retention from the interior.
Properties:Alterative, Antacid, Anti-Inflammatory,aromatic,Carminative,digestive,Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Sialogue, Stimulant,Pungent in flavor, hot in nature, it is related to the spleen, stomach, heart and lung channels.
Functions:Induces sweat, relieves exterior syndrome, warms the spleen and stomach to arrest vomiting, warms the lungs to relieve coughing, disperses cold. Ginger is also used medically to treat flatulence and colic.Dried ginger functions in warming the middle-jiao and eliminating pathogenic cold, recuperating depleted yang and promoting blood circulation.
Primary Uses:Bronchitis, Childhood Diseases, Circulation/poor, Colds, Colic, Colitis, Cramps/stomach, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Fatigue, fevers, Flu, Gas, Gastric Disorders, Headache, heart problems, Indigestion, Morning Sickness, Motion Sickness, Nausea, Throat/sore, Vomiting
Secondary Uses:Colon Problems, Coughs, Cramps/uterine, Hemorrhages, Intestinal Problems, Kidney Problems, Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Toothaches
Folk Use:As a food flavoring. To treat indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea and loss of appetite. Considered carminative, aphrodesiac, tonic, aperative and stomachic. Useful for stomachache, indigestion, malaria, and fever. Especially useful for motion sickness and morning sickness.
Traditional formulas:Garlic combination, Agastache and Shengu combination, Cascara combination, Cascara and Dong Quai combination, Ginger combination, Senna combination, Ginger and Barberry combination, Ginseng and Licorice combination, Papaya and Peppermint combination, Slippery Elm combination, Black Cohosh combination, Black Cohosh and Goldenseal combination, False Unicorn and Goldenseal combination, Raspberry and Dong Quai combination, Ginger and Dong Quai combination, Bupleurum and Peony combination, Fushen and Dragon Bone combination, Bupleurum and Cyperus combination, Pinellia and Citrus combination, Bayberry and Ginger combination, White Willow and Valerian combination, Alisma and Hoelen combination, Ginseng and Parsley combination
Applications of Ginger.
1. Medicine for inducing sweat, expelling exopathogens and arresting vomiting:It can treat common colds caused by wind-cold, relieve common cold with headache or nasal obstruction, sneezing, feeling of floating or taut pulse due to attack of pathogenic wind-cold.
2. Vomiting due to cold in the stomach:ginger can warm the stomach, disperse cold, regulate the spleen and stomach and arrest vomiting. It can treat vomiting due to cold in the stomach or abdominal pain. In cases of vomiting due to heat in the stomach, it is used together with Chinese gold thread rhizome (Rhizoma Coptidis), bamboo shavings, and the like, which can clear the stomach.
3. Coughing caused by wind-cold:Dispersing pungency and warmth, ginger can warm the lungs and disperse cold, resolve phlegm and relieve coughing. Therefore, it can be used to treat attacks of wind-cold on the lungs, coughing with abundant phlegm or nausea with headache.
4. Removing toxins of fish and crabs:It can treat poisoning caused by fish, crabs, pinellina rhizome or jack-in-the-pulpit (Rhizoma Arisaematis). To prevent poisoning by these substances, it is recommended that ginger be added when cooking fish or crabs or that pinellina rhizome or jack-in-the-pulpit be soaked in water together with ginger.
5. Treat cold pain in the abdomen, cold-type vomiting and cold diarrhea:
a) Vomiting due to stomach-cold and cold pain in the abdomen: This herb is always used in combination with lesser galangal (Rhizoma Alpiniae Officinarum), e.g., Er Jiang Wan.
b) Cold pain in the abdomen, vomiting and diarrhea due to deficiency of the spleen and stomach with stagnation of cold:
This herb is mostly used with dangshen (Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae), largehead atractylodes rhizome (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae), etc., e.g., Lizhong Wan.
6. To treat yang depletion syndromes:such as cold of the limbs due to yang depletion and barely palpable pulse due to yang deficiency of the heart and kidneys and excessive yin-cold in the interior:
This herb is always used in mutual enforcement with monkshood root (Radix Aconiti Praeparata), e.g., Sini Tang.
7. To treat asthma and coughing due to fluid retention of cold type, cold body and back and copious watery phlegm.
This herb is often used together with wild ginger (Herba Asari), Chinese magnoliavine fruit (Fructus Schisandrae), ephedra, etc., e.g., Xiao Qinglong Tang.
8. Digestive problems:Ginger is an excellent remedy for diagestive problems such as flatulence, nausea, indigestion, intestinal infections and certain types of food poisoning.
9. The combination of sweat and circulatory stimulation allows ginger to move blood to the periphery:This makes it a good remedy for chilblains, high blood pressure and fever. Ginger inhibits platelet aggregation, therefore, should be the ideal condiment for people predisposed to clotting which may lead to either heart-attack or stroke (Srivastava, K.C. et al. 1964).
10. Ginger is also highly effective for motion and morning sickness.
11. Motion Sickness:Several studies suggest that ginger may be more effective than placebo in reducing symptoms associated with motion sickness. In one trial of 80 novice sailors (prone to motion sickness), those who took powdered ginger experienced a significant reduction in vomiting and cold sweating compared to those who took placebo. Similar results were found in a study with healthy volunteers. While these results are promising, other studies suggest that ginger is not as effective as medications in reducing symptoms associated with motion sickness. In a small study of volunteers who were given ginger (fresh root and powder form), scopolamine (a medication commonly prescribed for motion sickness), or placebo, those receiving the medication experienced significantly fewer symptoms compared to those who received ginger. Given the safety of ginger, however, many people find it a welcome alternative to medications if it relieves their motion sickness.
12. Pregnancy Related Nausea and Vomiting:At least two studies have found that ginger is more effective than placebo in relieving nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. In a small study including 30 pregnant women with severe vomiting, those who ingested 1 gram of ginger every day for four days reported more relief from vomiting than those who received placebo. In a larger study including 70 pregnant women with nausea and vomiting, those who received a similar dosage of ginger felt less nauseous and experienced fewer vomiting episodes than those who received placebo. (Note: fresh ginger root is safe to use during pregnancy, but dried ginger root is not. See Precautions.)
13. Nausea and vomiting following surgery:Research has produced mixed results regarding the use of ginger in the treatment of nausea and vomiting following surgery. In two studies, 1 gram of ginger root before surgery reduced nausea as effectively as a leading medication. In one of these two studies, women who received ginger also required fewer nausea-relieving medications following surgery. Other studies, however, have failed to find the same positive effects. In fact, one study found that ginger may actually increase vomiting following surgery. For this reason, further studies are needed to determine whether ginger is safe and effective for the prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting following surgery.
14.Inflammation:In addition to providing relief from nausea and vomiting, ginger extract has long been used in traditional medical practices to decrease inflammation. In fact, many herbalists today use ginger to help treat health problems associated with inflammation, such as arthritis, bronchitis, and ulcerative colitis. In a recent study of 261 people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, those who received a ginger extract twice daily experienced less pain and required fewer pain-killing medications compared to those who received placebo. Although there have also been a few other studies of the benefit of ginger for arthritis, one recent trial found that the herb was no more effective than ibuprofen (a medication frequently used to treat OA) or placebo in reducing symptoms of OA.
15.Digestive problems:Ginger is an excellent remedy for many digestive complaints, such as indigestion, nausea, gas, and colic. Ginger relieves motion sickness and morning sickness. Ginger's antiseptic qualities also make it highly beneficial for gastro-intestinal infections, including some types of food poisoning.
16.Circulatory stimulant:Ginger stimulates the circulation, and helps blood to flow to the surface, making it an important remedy for chilblains and poor circulation to the hands and feet. By improving the circulation, ginger helps high blood pressure. Ginger also increases sweating and helps reduce body temperature in fevers.
17.Respiratory conditions:Ginger is warming and soothing for coughs, colds, flu, and other respiratory problems.
18.Chinese herb:Fresh and dried ginger are different remedies in China. Fresh ginger is given for fever, headaches, and aching muscles. Dried ginger is used for "internal cold," with symptoms such as cold hands, a weak pulse, and a pale complexion.
19.Other:Although it is much too early to tell if this will benefit those with heart disease, a few preliminary studies suggest that ginger may lower cholesterol and prevent the blood from clotting. Each of these effects may protect the blood vessels from blockage and the damaging effects of blockage such as atherosclerosis, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Again, however, it is too early too know if these initial study results will ultimately prove helpful for people. More research would be helpful.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Ginger has been used as a spice and medicine for thousands of years, recorded in early Sanskrit, Chinese texts and ancient Greek, Roman and Arabic medical literature. It is the perfect digestive treatment. It is a warming herb, helping to reduce bloating, flatulence and intestinal spasms, while calming nausea and vomiting. This makes it great for motion sickness, morning sickness and the nausea that accompanies chemotherapy. We use it as a way to reduce serotonin levels and thin out the blood, which then enhances the diffusion of circulation. It is also well known as a topical poulticing agent for cols, headaches, nasal congestion and a runny nose.
Cosmetic Uses of Ginger
Zingiber Officinale Root Oil is commonly known as Ginger oil,it is an essential oil derived from ginger root,it stimulates detoxification and micro-circulation, purifies blood and lymphatic fluid (expedites the healing of acne), provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal actions.Ginger extract is a powder extract made from a plant rhizoma in the zingiberfamily that has research showing it to have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic activity when taken orally.However, topically it can be a skin irritant.Zingiber Officinale Root Oil is commonly known as Ginger Root oil,it may stimulates detoxification and micro-circulation, purifies blood and lymphatic fluid (expedites the healing of acne), provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal actions.
Body-hair growth inhibiting effects:some related patent claims its findings that:a water-soluble ginger root extract which is a water extract or a hydrous alcohol extract of a ginger root and is substantially free of gingerols; and a hair growth inhibitor and a preparation for external use each containing the extract. The water-soluble ginger root extract of the present invention causes less skin irritation because of being substantially free of gingerols, and has excellent body-hair growth inhibiting effects, so that it is useful as a hair grown inhibitor and a preparation for external use, each having a high degree of safety.(see US Patent 20060099280)As a result, it has been found that a water-soluble ginger root extract substantially free of gingerols is available by subjecting a water extract or a hydrous alcohol extract of a ginger root to isolation and purification such as adsorption treatment; and that to their surprise, it is useful as a hair growth inhibitor or a preparation for external use (which will hereinafter be called “external preparation”) owing to its action of suppressing the growth of body hairs.In the present invention, there are thus provided a water-soluble ginger root extract which is a water or hydrous alcohol extract of a ginger root and is substantially free of gingerols; and a hair growth inhibitor and an external preparation each containing the extract.The water-soluble ginger root extract of the invention causes less skin irritation because of being substantially free of gingerols, and has excellent body-hair growth inhibiting effects, so that it is useful as a hair grown inhibitor and an external preparation, each having a high degree of safety. Those people with much more Body-Hair who feels sels like a monkey will feel exciting maybe for this new thing may do help to get rid of their extra body hair.
Skin irritation-reducing action:some related study patent claims a mixture of Bisabolol and Ginger Extract may brings synergistical effects on skin irritation-reducing,this formulation consisting of or comprising: bisabolol and a composition or compound chosen from the group consisting of a) substance mixtures obtainable from an extraction of ginger, b) substance mixtures obtainable from a separation of a ginger extract which comprise a compound which is chosen from the group consisting of gingerols, shogaols, gingerdiols, dehydrogingerdiones, paradols and derivatives thereof and c) compounds obtainable from a separation of a ginger extract which are chosen from the group consisting of gingerols, shogaols, gingerdiols, dehydrogingerdiones, paradols and derivatives thereof and mixtures thereof, wherein the particular content of bisabolol and of the said composition or compound in the formulation is adjusted such that the skin irritation-reducing action of these contents is increased synergistically.(see US Patent 20090220625)
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