Ginger Root as a Healing Herb

Ginger root is a delicious and somewhat spicy tuberous rhizome that may be consumed whole, made into a powder or tea, tinctured or juiced. In the kitchen, ginger vinegar is popular, as is candied ginger and ginger chicken. Ginger powder is used in gingerbread, ginger ale and ginger beer. Fresh, natural ginger root is widely used in Asian dishes. Ginger is even a popular additive to bath products for its heady, exotic fragrance.

Medical Studies Involving Ginger

Ginger root’s volatile oils assist the digestive system, relieve pain, calm nerves, reduce fevers and have antibacterial properties. A study published in the December 2007 edition of “BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine” entitled “Ginger inhibits cell growth and modulates angiogenic factors in ovarian cancer cells” (accessed June 17, 2016) showed that the oils in ginger kill ovarian cancer cells. Ginger is generally regarded as safe (GRAS), according to FDA guidelines, however it has been found to interact with Warfarin. Compounds found in ginger have been proven to be active against E.coli enterotoxin-induced diarrhea in mice, according to a 2007 study led by Jaw-Chyun Chen and published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” 55(21)(accessed June 17, 2016). The British Journal of Anesthesia 84(3) published a study in March 2000 called “Efficacy of ginger for nausea and vomiting: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials” (accessed June 17, 2016). The study proved ginger to be effective against some forms of nausea, especially from sea-sickness, morning sickness and cancer chemotherapy.

Ginger for Nausea, Morning Sickness, and More

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger has been traditionally used to treat such diverse health issues as arthritis, colds, upset stomach, diarrhea, colic and some heart conditions. Since some motion sickness medications cause dry mouth and drowsiness, organic ginger may come as a welcome relief when taken either in a powder, as a tea or juiced. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness have benefited from taking one gram of ginger root powder every day for four days. Relief from nausea and vomiting after surgery involving ginger has had mixed results during clinical trials

Dosage of Ginger

Up to four grams of a ginger supplement may be taken safely with no problems every day. It can be taken as fresh ginger root, powdered ginger, ginger tincture, or ginger juice. For nausea, fresh ginger root is simply chewed by cutting approximately one inch off of a piece of ginger root, swishing the juice around in the mouth and spitting out the fibrous pulp. Usually the doses can be spread out in three to four doses throughout the day. To make honey ginger tea for colds, flu, headaches and menstrual cramps, steep two tablespoons of shredded fresh ginger in a cup of boiling filtered water for ten to 15 minutes, three times a day. As the tea is steeping, inhale the fumes. Add raw honey, stir and enjoy.