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Ginger

Zingiber officinale) belongs to the family of, as its scientific name signifies, zingiberaceae. The rootstocks of this erect, smooth plant are thick, and have strong aromatic qualities. Its edible roots, tops, and even its leaves are found to have medicinal value. The taste of luyang dilaw is distinct, brought about by the zingerone and shogoal substances that it has, giving the plant its pungent properties. As an herbal medicine, ginger has long been used as a cold, cough, fever, and sore throat remedy. Ginger helps in the digestion and absorption of food, lowering of cholesterol, alleviating nausea and vomiting. Ginger has antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties as well.
In the same way, it has been found to contain potent anti-oxidant qualities, which come from the extract and active constituents of the plant. These uses are separate and distinct from the nutritional value of ginger. The rhizomes of ginger is mainly associated as the main ingredient in a very popular local beverage, which is salabat. Recent studies have shown that ginger had been found with traces of antiemetic properties.
Thus, it is now being recommended to be taken half an hour before one's travel to avoid being travelsick and experience nausea during the voyage. Pregnant women should take precautionary measures in taking ginger for medicinal purposes although it has been proven that none of the plant's substances triggers adverse side effects, even when it interacts with other drugs. This herbal plant is not recommended for expectant mothers for the very reason that there is a possibility of inhibition of testosterones that binds the fetus, as a result of some of the properties that ginger contains.
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Medicinal uses
Relieves rheumatic pains & muscle pains.
Alleviates sore throat, fever and colds.
Ease nausea and vomiting.
Intestinal disorders and slow digestion.
Relief from tympanism and flatulence.
Treat intestinal worms.
Hinder diarrhea, gas pains.
Relieve indigestion (dyspepsia), toothaches.
Lower cholesterol levels.
Aids treatment of tuberculosis.

How to use
Boil the ginger root in water and drink. The more concentrated the better.
For sore throat and tooth ache, remove the skin and chew small portions.
For cuts & bruises, apply the juice of luyang-dilao directly to the skin or use dried rhizomes with 70% alcohol then apply to afflicted areas.
For rheumatism and muscle pains, pound roasted or fresh ginger and apply to painful areas -can be mixed with oil for easy application.


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