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Ginger Power for diarrhea and vertigoGinger (Zingiber officinale) is known to have major therapeutic properties and is an essential part of many systems of traditional medicine all over the world. It occupies an important place in the traditional medicine of India, China, Thailand, and Malaysia, to name a few countries. Some of the ailments that ginger is reputed to cure are nausea, indigestion, flatulence, common cold, diarrhea, dyspepsia, and vertigo.
Scientific research is presently being carried out in various laboratories around the world to research and document the various medicinal properties of this herb. One of the main areas of this research is in testing the effectiveness of ginger in treating nausea.
This spate of research on the humble ginger herb brings to the spotlight the need for countries to research and develop alternative drugs based on natural ingredients to supplement and, in some cases, even replace allopathic medication. Drugs synthesized from natural ingredients have fewer side effects and are more inexpensive to produce.
It is a well known fact that ginger is a perennial plant, which has a ling and thick twisted stem. This stem is used all around the world for cooking and other medicinal purposes. In fact, ginger has been commonly used all over the world, for over 5,000 years now, mainly due to its medicinal and culinary benefits. However, unlike other herbs and spices, the part of the ginger plant that has the highest medicinal value, is the part of the stem that grows under the ground. Hence, even though people use the term “ginger root”, it is actually the subterranean stem, rather than the root which is being used. Some of the common forms that this stem is available in include ginger, ginger paste, ginger powder and so on. However, in today’s world, most people are only aware of the benefits of ginger for digestive purposes, when used in cooking. There are several other ginger medicinal benefits that people do not know of.
Ginger health benefits
There are numerous health benefits of ginger powder, which is why people add this ingredient to their daily cooking, or even to tea. Some of the most well known dry ginger powder benefits include:
Contrary to what many people believe, the benefits of fresh ginger exceed the benefits of ginger powder. Given below are some of the common benefits of fresh ginger: s
In spite of all the ginger powder benefits, as well as the benefits of fresh ginger, it is highly recommended at all people consult a doctor, for the recommended dosage of the herb, to avoid any health problems that could arise from an overdose. Even though ginger side effects are rare, they could occur in case large doses of this spice are consumed. The possible side effects of a ginger overdose include belching, heartburn, and a bad taste in the mouth, gas or even diarrhea. Ginger also lowers the levels of blood sugar and increases the functioning of insulin. Therefore, diabetics who are on medication should take limited quantities of ginger. People suffering from any medical condition, as well as pregnant women should consult a doctor to know how much ginger is safe for them.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|