Ginger, medicine in herbal medicine

Ginger used to be so expensive in Europe that it was used as a means of payment. Ginger entered India from Greece via Greece through traders from Arabia. Ginger has always been both a herb to eat and a medicinal herb. Nowadays we mainly use it in the food, but the medicinal effects are unabated. Ginger is, among other things, a good remedy for: motion sickness, indigestion, low blood pressure, migraine and rheumatic diseases.
Botanical drawing ginger / Source: Franz Eugen Kцhler, Kцhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)



In the language that scientists use among themselves, the Latin names of a plant are used. The purpose of this is to exclude mistakes. The Latin name for ginger is Zingiber Officinale. Zingiber is a word that comes from Sanskrit and Pakriet. It means: "The shape of an antler". That would refer to the shape of the ginger root as it grows underground. Another explanation for this word is that it is a corruption of Zanzibar; that is the name of an African island whose roots have been traded many times. Dutch has a number of nicknames for this plant, most of which are outdated: Gijnebeer, Gingom and Zevenknobbel.

Growing ginger yourself

Flower lovers can grow ginger indoors in a pot. If it is nice and warm in Europe (about two weeks in July or August), the ginger can stand outside. It is a tropical plant with a special red flower. In the tropics it is a very easy plant to grow and bloom.

History of ginger

Ginger is from India but it does not grow in the wild; the plant is not found in the wild anywhere in the world. Ginger went via shipping to Europe and from there to the rest of the world. It is a beloved plant everywhere, both for its culinary and for its medicinal properties. Read more about the history of ginger in the following article.

Active substances ginger

Only the roots of ginger are used. These are dried after the aboveground part of the flat has died. The root contains 17 types of essential oils in ample quantities. It also contains oleoresides in the form of various gingerols and shogaols. Furthermore, it contains the phenols gingeol and zingerone and the protein-splitting enzyme or protease zingibain. To a lesser extent, the ginger root contains: bound and free polyphenols, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C and beta-carotene, the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and selenium. Fats such as linoleic acid, alpha linolenic acid, lecithin, oleic acid and betasitosterol, carbohydrates, proteins, organic acids and fibers.

Ginger, good for the stomach

Ginger is a stomach-strengthening root. The gastric juice secretion increases and this is accompanied by a warming feeling. Heat sensitive receptors are stimulated by ginger. It protects the stomach against the development of ulcers. Zingiberene, 6-gingerol, 6-shogaol and zingiberone are especially responsible for this medicinal effect. For these medicinal properties, phytotherapists can prescribe ginger for the following indications:
  • Weak gastric juice secretion,
  • Stomach ache,
  • To prevent stomach ulcer.

Ginger against nausea

Ginger has even more positive effects on the stomach. The most important of these is that silent tendencies are silent. Ginger increases stomach peristalsis and absorbs acids and toxins. Gingerolen, shogaone and zingerone contribute to this effect. Scientific research proves that one gram of ginger powder works more effectively than 100 mg metoclopramide, the regular medicine against nausea. Ginger is good for all kinds of nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness. Four grams of dried ginger powder, taken during the day, significantly reduced nausea. For this medicinal reason, ginger is prescribed for:
  • Motion sickness, motion sickness, motion sickness, seasickness,
  • Nausea after surgery,
  • Morning sickness,
  • Nausea due to chemotherapy or alcohol.
If a pregnant woman can take less than 4 grams of ginger powder per day, it is recommended that you do so.

Ginger as an antiseptic

Ginger is an antiseptic. The essential oils in ginger make bacteria less likely. Infections are prevented in this way. Moreover, it absorbs toxins and acids in the intestines. Digestion is better due to this effect. For these reasons, herbal therapists can prescribe ginger root for the following indications:
  • Diarrhea, dysentery,
  • Food poisoning, mussel poisoning,
  • Diverticulitis or intestinal bulges.

Ginger, good for digestion

Ginger has an extensive positive effect on digestion, as is clear from the three paragraphs above. In addition, the digestive process itself is optimized by ginger root. This applies in particular to the digestion of proteins. Digestion starts in the mouth. Saliva ensures that the food is digested. Ginger increases saliva secretion, making food better digested. It is a natural appetite stimulator. Zingiberene is one of the substances that makes ginger root a carminative. Carminative means that it reduces the formation of intestinal gases. Ginger is also a spasmodic agent. For these medicinal effects, ginger is prescribed for the following indications:
Ginger flower bud / Source: Ogniw, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)
  • Indigestion, dyspepsia, acid burp,
  • Weak digestion of proteins and fats,
  • Anorexia,
  • Gastrointestinal cramps and colonies,
  • Flatulence, meteorism,
  • Prickle bowel syndrome,
  • Leaky gut syndrome or leaky gut
  • Reduced saliva secretion, Sjögren's disease,
  • Adjuvant in liver diseases, liver disorders.

Ginger as a blood-dilating agent

Ginger is a vasodilator; that is a medical term which means 'vascular remover'. Zingerone is a substance that dilates blood vessels. This makes the blood flow better. Among other things, this ensures that you feel warmer. The circulation of the skin, in particular, is stimulated by ginger. The blood vessel enhancing effect also has a positive effect on the heart muscle and the vascular system in the brain. Ginger is used for:
  • Poor blood circulation,
  • Circulation problems,
  • Cold hands and feet, winter hands and feet,
  • Heart failure, heart weakness,
  • Low bloodpressure,
  • Palpitations,
  • Migraine.

Ginger good for arthritis and osteoarthritis

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory agent. It reduces macrosolecule gut through the intestines that can lead to cartilage breakdown. This makes it an agent recommended for rheumatic diseases. In the medical world, it is considered to be chombocrotective or cartilage protective. In addition, it is an analgesic. For these reasons, ginger is prescribed by phytotherapists for the following indications:
  • Arthritis, arthrosis,
  • Rheumatoid arthritis,
  • Joint complaints due to humidity and cold.

Ginger, good for libido

Ginger is a blood-improving herb. This also applies to the lower body. That is one of the reasons that the libido is increased. In addition, ginger promotes male fertility. Both the number of spermatoids and the mobility of sperm are improved after eating ginger. The gingerols in particular are effective for the latter properties. Ginger can be recommended with:
  • Decreased libido, impotence, sexual weakness,
  • Decreased fertility of the man, reduced number of sperm cells,
  • Reduced sperm motility,
  • Lack of menstruation, insufficient bleeding,
  • Painful menstruation.

Ginger, good for the lungs

Ginger is an expectorant. It heats the lungs. 1,8-Cineal, citral and cymene are substances that fight pathological bacteria in the lungs and airways. It is a cough medicine. In addition, it is a sweat and fever floating agent. In addition, the respiratory center in the brain is stimulated by substances in ginger. It is also an immunostimulant, which means that the resistance mechanism of humans is improved. Because of these medicinal properties for the lungs, ginger is a natural medicine for:
  • Bronchitis or respiratory infections,
  • Pneumonia or lung infections,
  • Chronic bronchitis, cough,
  • Colds with slime,
  • Prevention and treatment of the flu, colds,
  • Starting fever, shivering fever, cold feeling.
Ginger should not be given in the event of a high fever!

Ginger as a blood thinner

Ginger is a natural, plant-based blood thinner. Because the blood is diluted, it has a preventative effect on a number of disorders. It reduces platelet clotting. ALA, kaemferol, shogaol and coumarins, among others, are active substances in these. For these medicinal qualities, the ginger root is prescribed by phytotherapists for the following indications:
  • Prevention of thrombosis,
  • Prevention of too thick blood, viscous blood,
  • Prevention of arteriosclerosis,
  • Prevention of migraine.

Ginger, good for vitality

Ginger is a general reinforcing agent; a tonic. In addition, it is an anti-mutagen or a food type that prevents cancer. That is because ginger has strong antioxidant properties. Gingerols, shogaols and polyphenols are active as antioxidants. Ginger also lowers blood sugar. To achieve these broad medicinal effects, it is used for:
  • General lack of energy, lack of vitality,
  • Depression
  • Prevention of cancers,
  • Old-age diabetes.

Consult a herbal therapist

Those who want to use ginger as a medicinal product are advised to consult a herbal therapist. Ginger extracts and medicines in the form of mother tincture, powder, dried herb, liquid extract and decoction should only be used on prescription from authorized persons. A phytotherapist can tell more about this, as well as about the possible side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. There are also beneficial combinations with herbs. Some herbs can enhance each other's workings; that is called synergy. All the medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and originate from the Large Handbook for Medicinal Plants by Geert Verhelst, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in herbal medicine.

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