Ginger

Summary

Medicinal plant used as a sexual stimulant and against nausea, it can be found in the form of capsules, tablets, juice or infusion (tea).

names

Portuguese name: ginger
Binomial name: Zingiber officinalis
French name: Gingembre
English name: ginger
German name: Ingwer
Italian name: zenzero

Family

Zingiberaceae

Constituents

Essential oils, gingerols, gingerol (has anti-inflammatory activity)

parts used

Rhizome

Effects

Stimulating gastric secretions, tonic, antiemetic, aphrodisiac.

Indications

Internal use:
– Sexual fatigue ( erectile dysfunction ), digestive disorders, motion sickness (motion sickness), nausea and vomiting (including during pregnancy, during chemotherapy and after surgery), flatulence, cholesterol problems, sore throat , colds , rhinitis .

Main indication of this plant (with many published studies)
Nausea and vomiting

Secundary effects

In some cases there are digestive disorders. In high dosage: possible teratogenic effect.

contraindications

Pregnancy (do not exceed 1 g of dried ginger per day for pregnant women).

Interactions

Anticoagulants (in case of high dose of ginger).

In fact, an amount greater than 3g per day of dried ginger can lead to interactions with anticoagulants and digestive disorders such as heartburn (stomach burning).

Ginger based preparations

– Ginger infusion (ginger tea)

– Ginger Pill

– ginger juice

– Ginger capsule (in general, one capsule contains 250 to 500 mg of dried ginger, to be taken 2 to 3 times a day)

– ginger syrup

– Ginger watermelon juice

– Ginger poultice

Where does ginger grow?

Ginger grows mainly in Asia, it is native to the East Indies region. This plant can reach 1m in height. Ginger resembles bamboo .

Comments

– Ginger is one of the most well-known medicinal plants, certainly for its aphrodisiac effect and its use in cooking, but ginger also has proven qualities to prevent and treat travel pains. An interesting plant that must be tried for the indications mentioned above.

– This plant belongs to the same family as turmeric (Zingiberaceae family).

– Ginger has been an essential plant in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) since the fourth century BC.

Studies
– Clinical study with oral administration of ginger rhizome powder (940 mg) was more effective than dimenhydrinate (100 mg) in preventing the gastrointestinal symptoms of motion sickness ( Motion sickness, ginger, and psychophysics ). The results of this study suggested that ginger does not act on the vomiting center at a central level, but acts directly on the gastrointestinal tract through its aromatic, carminative and absorptive properties, through increased gastric motility and toxin absorption. and acids.

– An American study by the National Cancer Institute , reported by National Geographic , found that patients who took 0.5 to 1 g of ginger for 3 days before and after chemotherapy in combination with anti-nausea medications, experienced a 40% decrease in risk of nausea.

Ginger effectiveness:
In a July 2020 special issue of the French journal Science & Vie published on medicinal plants, which studied the effectiveness of 77 medicinal plants, ginger root was one of the few plants with proven efficacy by clinical studies, in this case against nausea and vomiting related to motion sickness, pregnancy and chemotherapy. To reach this positive conclusion about ginger, Science & Vie journalists relied in particular on a meta-analysis carried out by South Korean researchers published in January 2020 in the journal Nutrients (DOI: 10.3390/nu12010157 ) taking into account 109 clinical trials.
It seems preferable, according to studies, to use hydroalcoholic ginger extracts instead of water-based extracts.

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