13 August 2008

Zingiber Officinale Gan JiangHealth Benefits of Licorice
  • Ginger root is a treatment for motion sickness and loss of appetite.
  • It is also indicated for nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and to help control nausea and vomting in postoperative patients.
  • Gastrointestinal problems including heartburn and gas can also be treated with ginger. The muscles of the gastrointestinal tract can be strengthened by the use of garlic.


  • Volatile oils in ginger are what cause the taste, smell, and medical effectiveness. About 1-4% of ginger is oil.
  • Ginger contains pungent constituents, shogaols and gingerols, which make it effective for relieving vomiting and nausea.
  • Bisabolene and zingiberene are the aromatic constituents of garlic.

Dosage and AdministrationGinger

  • For treating and preventing motion sickness, ingest 500 mg of ginger powder (dried) between 30 to 60 minutes prior to traveling.
  • 500 mg should be taken as needed every 2 to 4 hours.
  • Pregnant women should not use ginger for a prolonged amount of time, but can take as much as 1 gram daily to treat nausea.


  • Ginger should not be used for morning sickness associated with pregnancy, or by nursing mothers.
  • People who have gallstones or bleeding disorders should not take Ginger.
  • The herb is also contraindicated in those taking blood thinners. (including aspirin) or NSAID therapy.


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