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Herbal Remedy of the Week: Ginger

If you're concerned about joint health, or suffer from motion sickness, nausea, or chest congestion, consider a naturally helpful anti-inflammatory agent: ginger. From the underground stem of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale), ginger can be bought as whole fresh or crystallized root; in honey-based syrups; as capsules containing powdered ginger extracts; and as alcohol extracts. Dried ginger preparations are actually more powerful than fresh due to a chemical conversion and concentration of its constituents. When purchasing, select products with only 100 percent pure ginger standardized for their content of active components. High doses may cause a burning sensation in the stomach; to minimize, take ginger with food. I suggest the following dosages:

  • To support healthy joints, take one or two grams of powdered ginger a day.
  • For nausea and prevention of motion sickness, take one gram as a preventive and 500 mg every four hours as needed, or eat two pieces of crystallized ginger or take ginger syrup or tea.
  • For congestion, brew tea with one-inch piece of peeled and grated ginger root per two cups of water; bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for five minutes; add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and simmer one minute more. Remove from heat. Add two tablespoons fresh lemon juice, one or two cloves of mashed garlic and honey to taste. Let cool slightly and strain.

Tomorrow's post: a recipe featuring ginger.

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Reader Comments (4)

A friend of mine is married to a Chinese man. For colds/flu symptoms, he (and me, too, now!) swears by a tonic that's made by boiling freshly sliced ginger root in Coca-cola (regular, not diet.) Drink either hot or cold. He says it's a common Chinese remedy. (I rather doubt the HFC in the cola is really good for you, but it is tasty!)

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

ginger is an anti-inflamatory? Great! I have been struggling with arthritis for a long time. I will go get some extract at my local whole foods. Thank you for taking the time to write this. Bless you.

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAva Marks

Eating crystallized ginger after a meal really works! It seems to cleanse your palate, and soothe your stomach. It is an acquired taste, but one definitely worth acquiring.

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy Staywell

We have been using Ginger in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. It is an amazing remedy. I am happy to see someone as popular as Dr. Weil sharing this information since so many people can benefit.
I'm looking forward to the recipe tomorrow!

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Eversen, L.Ac.

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