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Short Description : Ginger
Ginger is part of the same plant family as cardamom, galangal and turmeric, where the “rhizome” or root-like stem of the plants is most commonly used. The therapeutic uses of ginger have been documented for thousands of years in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine, as well as widely adopted in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe too.
Long used in herbal medicine as a good “digestive”, it is both a practical and very effective antidote to indigestion, bloating, stomach pain and nausea. Chewing a little fresh ginger 30 minutes prior to a meal can boost digestive capacity, as well as quell feelings of nausea, and motion sickness. According to Ayurveda (ancient Indian Medicine), ginger raises the “digestive fire”, and boosts our ability to digest food. If you find the heat too much, try adding chopped or grated ginger to a fresh mint tea, and sip this prior to, or during your meal.
Ginger is fast becoming noted for its ability to reduce joint inflammation, and the pain associated with arthritis. It does this by lowering levels of certain tissue hormones called prostaglandins that can induce pain and inflammation. Peer-reviewed data published in 2009 reported a significant joint-protective effect of ginger.