Ginger

Traditional Use of Ginger

Ginger has been used by the Chinese for over 2000 years and continues to be valued around the world as a flavoring agent and spice.

Ginger as a remedy, has been used for bronchial conditions and to relieve nausea and vomiting.  It may also be useful in reinstating normal menstrual flow.  

Ginger is part of an Ayurvedic remedy for the treatment of arthritis.

 

Chemistry

Ginger owes its characteristic peppery taste to volatile oils (gingerine) and most of its therapeutic effects to its aromatic phenols (gingerols).

Gingerols are acrid elements that have local irritating effects on mucous membranes.  Gingerol inhibits thromboxane and prostaglandin formation accounting for its anti-inflammatory effect in arthritis remedies.

 

Pharmacology

Gingerols possess antioxidant activity and inhibit prostaglandin synthesis. Gingerols have a cholesterol-lowering action, and relieves motion sickness and nausea.

Gingerols stimulate gastric secretion and peristalsis.  Gingerol produces a cardiotonic action based on an accelerated calcium uptake by cardiac muscle. Gingerol, like aspirin with which it is structurally related to (both are phenols), is analgesic,