Latin:  Zingiber officinalis

Family:  Zingiberaceae

Parts Used:  Root

Taste/Energetics:  Heating, drying, stimulating

Properties:  Carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, diaphoretic, expectorant, antimicrobial, anti-emetic

Actions: Outside of garlic, ginger may be the most helpful and versatile herb in your kitchen cupboard.  Ginger is helpful for bloating, digestive upset, cramping, as an antimicrobial and expectorant at the onset of a cold or flu, and is very helpful as a warming circulatory stimulant and analgesic that helps reduce arthritic and neuralgic pain.

For those who feel tight, cold, stagnant, heavy and listless, ginger will warm, move and release tension in your system.  Ginger is commonly added to Chinese herbal formulas to help potentiate the other herbs and invigorate and circulate them in the system.   Ginger has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as well for similar reasons  to stimulate gastric fire (“Agni”) to help digest food and absorb nutrients better.

Poor digestion and a feeling of being tight, stuck and stagnant in the body are commonly connected to feeling of depression, lethargy and sadness.  Ginger is one of the best herbs for reducing depression by stoking our internal digestive fire, warming us up and improving circulation.

Dosage:  A couple teaspoons a day in teas, meals and beverages. Tincture 1-3 ml to 5 x/day.

Contraindications:   It is a heating herb and sometimes too strong and heating for someone who already runs hot and dry. best college essay ever top problem solving editor for hire us is lasix safe write me a essay go trusted medstore online cialis en pharmacie avec ordonnance ventolin counter cover letter cover letter get link runny nose and viagra proofreading university of auckland example abstract of literature review narrative essay with dialogue thesis statement about love in hamlet an analysis essay on a short story follow art homework helper buy now viagra cialis india thesis correction service purchase viagra melbourne conflict resolution problem solving go here watch thesis paper components spongebob squarepants essay source site 123 help essay writing Further Reading:

Ginger monograph  by Rosalee de la Foret

Ginger monograph  by Matthew Wood

Ginger monograph by Elise Krohn