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Gingers as Medicine
14 years ago
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"Why ginger is good for our health"
heehee. i was a ginger hater when i was young (delicate palate-mar...)

but what ure parents tell u bout the healthy benefits of ginger is so true!

the next best thing to wine for those who want to warm their bodies up
on a cold day. - so for those who can't take alcohol, drink/eat up! -

i'm a gingerlover now, thanks to my dad who forced me to
eat the hot hot stuff.. after you take chin char luk, the ginger taste
is almost sweet compared to it! ;p

as an asthma sufferer, ginger
probably saved my childhood... ginger chicken, ginger pork, ginger
steamed fish, ginger rabbit, ginger bat... you name it, i ate it!

especially rabbit and bat... but bats are endangered now.. so pls don't go there. :(

from heating up your body temperature (good to take it now that the
monsoon season is here), it helps you release the bad gas in ure body.

apparently, it can also help ure hair! *bath* pls goto this care2 link:

unfortunately, even a good thing can have side effects... on the unhealthy... :(

to my aunt, diabetics aren't supposed to take ginger coz it may worsen
the patient's vision. i dunno how true this is... but since she has a
reputation in herbalogy (chinese), i'm inclined to take her advice! :)~

n if u have gallstones or wanna get pregnant... erm.. better check out this link!

in the meantime... have fun, ppl!

ling *rolling*  [ send green star]

Note from the group host:This article was sent by Wye Lyn

my poor throat...
14 years ago
as a remedy for a sore throat (and at college, sore throats are NOT welcomed with open arms!), I use ginger root to soothe it....all you have to do is grate TONS of ginger, lemon and orange zest, put them in a cheesecloth bag with cardamon, a whole clove and a cinnamon stick, and boil the heck out of it. Then...drink up. Always works for me. ^-^
14 years ago

Yeah, my parents used to stick ginger slices on her forehead to fight headaches and release "bad gas"

It does do wonders on gas for babies. It is a major ingredient along with fennel for relieving gas and help settle thier stomaches.

That is interesting what you point out about diabetics....I will have to keep that in mind when cooking for some of my diabetic friends.

14 years ago

Ginger fan here!

Love it to eat as well as using it medicinally. I've brewed my own ginger tea a lot in the past for abdominal cramps due to a couple of battles I've had with Fibroid Tumors, before they were surgically removed. It worked instantly after drinking it down. I'm going to try it for sore throats, for sure, and for gas, so thanks so much.

I will look at the links above when I can, so thanks so much! So glad I finally made it to this group! *biggestgroup*

So long....



Welcome, Marla!
14 years ago
I've long been waiting for your first post! Anyway, welcome to this "spicy" group!
14 years ago

I look forward to being part of this group.  I use ginger every day.  What a hot and  yummy topic! 

Linda G

I had no idea!!!
14 years ago
I knew ginger was great for upset stomachs, but I didn't know of it's range!  Wow, thanks for all the wonderful ideas!
steaming mug of yumminess
14 years ago
Just thought I'd throw this in out of sheer respect and admiration for the root of the gods. :-) I had a blinding migraine headache yesterday, bad enough for me to be pretty much paralyzed in my bed with a damp cloth on my forehead and advil migrane at my side. My dad had brewed some gingerroot tea (something like the type that I've mentioned in here before) and brought me a cup with a tad of honey. Within about a half hour, my headache was gone, and I was left feeling pretty damned good! Maybe this was just a testimonial as to how awesome ginger is for one's body! Peace, Katie
Our first testimony!!!
14 years ago

wow, Katie! you had just provided us with your first-hand-valuable info! that was great!

i'm so proud to know that you still wanted to share with us your knowledge, knowing that you're struggling with your migraine!

-Kah Hoo-

Has anyone tried....?
14 years ago
I know it's really expensive, something to the tune of about $25 dollars (US) for a quarter pound, but has anyone ever tried white leaf tea? It's absolutely amazing, well worth the money and good for two brewings. When brewed using water boiled with ginger, it provides the most tantalizing taste and texture that tea can give, and it makes for a better cup of anything that I've ever had with ginger in it. Since it's not such a practical habit, I'll have to stick with green, but if anyone can experience it, I think the opportunity should be taken. On a side note, I'm glad to share all that I can; I heard from a buddy of mine today (he works at a grocery store) that on average, the store throws away THREE POUNDS of unsold gingerroot because it's gone bad from people not buying it. What a precious commodity not taken advantage of. So kids...ginger it up! ^-^ Love Katie
any pictures?
14 years ago

White leaf tea? Was wondering whether you can provide us with some pics of it? Sounds interesting! 

Any idea of its scientific name? Besides for its taste purpose, are there any medicinal values in it? I'm too curious to know about the leaf! 

Yes, your friend were right. When the gingerroots got too old, they'll start sprouting. And when this happened, the roots itself are of less value. Some people believe that once the roots sprouted, it contain chemical bad to our body. However, I don't think there're any proofs regarding this matter (as oppose to the sprouted sweet potato!). So, to play safe, the "expired" gingerroots will normally be destroyed. Luckily, you can always "recycle" the roots by cutting of the sprouts before using them for any purposes.

14 years ago

Can't sleep? I reccomend heating up milk with a little sugar and several wafer thin slices of ginger, and then drink, good for insomnia, cramps, wind and tastes yummy too *^_^*

               Hello everyone I'm new and cook with various members of the ginger family, which is absolutely huge .

Halia rules ~laughs~

14 years ago
hi hi hi kah hoo!!!!

happie chap goh meh.... sorrie i have not been in this group for so long....

ginger is a real blessing when it comes to health...
have been using it to make me sweat out the poisons in my body...

it's not good to not sweat.... that's one of the ways our bodies purifies itself!

Hi Ling,
14 years ago

Happy Chap Goh Meh!

Haven't been receiving news from you lately! And it's always nice to hear from you!

yup, for centuries, gingers are known as one of the best remedies with 1001 uses!

sorry I've been gone!
14 years ago
greetings, my gingery folk! Just wanted to say that I've enjoyed catching up on what has been said about my favorite root here on this's so nice to know that so many people value it and use it for so many things. :-) You guys make my soul giggle. Peace, Katie
14 years ago
I love ginger and use it every day.  My morning drink has ginger tea as a base (made from chunks of raw ginger cooked and steeped in pure water) as well as the addition of dried ginger .  Occasionally, a treat during the day is candied ginger.  If I'm travelling I may take ginger capsules - not for the anti-nausea factor but just because I think it's good for my body.
Lau K....
14 years ago
Lau K., what does bat taste like in similarity? That one was hard to swallow reading over this very interesting thread. I rarely eat much ginger in natural form but am wondering from reading over this thread if I should not incorporate it more into my diet since I have developed some major allergies within the past year. Thank you all for sharing this information. Perhaps Ginger could be considered a homeopathic natural remedy for asthma and allergies? The Amish and Mennonites that live around us in our community are always looking for natural ways to heal and aid in the sick. peace & blessings---ginger
Hello all.....
14 years ago

Lau, Thank you so much for the warm welcome!!! :)

I truly wish I had more time to come here, though, I will make it my business to try and get here more often than I have. I gather getting married and setting up house is a good excuse for my absence on Care2, eh? *lol*

I've read through this thread again, as, it's been awhile. *Hmm* ..maybe Ginger helps the memory? ;) I have a concern as to what is "too much" when Ginger comes to mind? So, what do all of you think would be going overboard? I ask this, as, so many of the reasons to take Ginger that is on this thread, are things my husband and I have been experiencing.  I would like to have him try ginger in a medicinal way to see if he likes it and will use it. He has just gotten over a stomach virus and I wish I would have thought of Ginger to help him. He is not used to eating very healthy, and as I continue to bring forth more and more healthy food items into his diet, sometimes, he gets a case of the bad gassies, if you know what I mean! *lol* Not good for me either...*laugh* And, I had the worst headache I've ever come across last night; I believe from eating too many Dorito chips(something I don't do often), which have a lot of MSG in it. I know MSG can be lethal to some, and I am staying away from it from now on. We are looking at trying to get pregnant, so, I am a bit hesitant now that I am reading about it's possible effects in excess, though, I have a feeling it could come in handy with so many bad symptoms some woman can have (men too, as sometimes they feel what we do...though, most women would say not enough of what we feel....LoL)

Ginger M, Where is Shreve, OH? I live in the NW corner of Ohio and have only lived in this state the past 16 months. I enjoy living here as it is nice to know where your meats and fruits and veggies come from, and local stuff is the best way to go. I was a vegetarian when I moved here, but no longer, though, only eat red meat once a week. I buy a lot of chicken and pork from Amish and Mennonite folks, and in the summer time, fruits and veggies.  I do know they are very much into herbs. We are less than an hour from Sauder Village which is in Archbold, OH, and I have learned a lot about the Mennonites of this area from there.

I am curious in what climate Ginger grows best (I am thinking tropical), and is it possible to grow good Ginger indoors? How fast does it grow? Ok, a little niave on Ginger, but, doesn't Ginger come from a tree *question* I would research all of these questions myself, but, so little time.

It has been such a pleasure posting here today.... I am hoping for more time to come back real soon!

A fellow Ginger lover,


PS Lau, is it possible for you to allow emoticon usage on this group? They don't seem to be showing up, so I am not sure if you are aware it is turned off, even. They are so much fun.... *biggestgrin*

Hi Ginger,
14 years ago

First of all, thank you so much for the post. As far as I'm concerned, I've never heard of any allergies caused by consuming gingers (except having some 'gases'). So, it would be interesting to know what kind of allergies you'll get whenever you eat gingers?

Yes, gingers are used as remedies in homeopathy. Smell (or rather smoke) from the gingers are used to relief symptoms of headache.

hey, I'm interested to know more about the Amish community on how they use gingers.    

Hi Marla,
14 years ago

First of all, thank you so much for the long & interesting post! And congrates on your wedding as well!

Well, I'm glad to know you've been following the group's in & out, the   and guess you didn't miss anything out! Waiting for your comeback!

Try boiling some ginger roots and drink it. Ginger has antiviral substances which helps in reducing bad virus in our body, beside reducing our body heat (due to heafty and oily food). However, please don't feel  just because you have Dorito once in a month! Drink a lot of water as well!

How much of gingers are too much? This bring us back to the thumb of rule: NEVER had excess of anything! Even though we know that there are certain foods which are good for our body, such as carrots, onions, or maybe some kinds of fruits, we shouldn't eat them in a big amount, in a short period. So, I guess a regular amount of gingers will be much helpful in your daily diet.

Yes, you can always grow ginger indoor, as long as you have enough natural sunlight to keep them sprouting. Once a while, put them outside at night to let them absorb the night moisture. Gingers grow best in tropical climate, however, there are certain types of gingers which grow very well in colder climate countries. Try to have several types of gingers grown in your backyard, and see which one suits best to your surrounding climate.

Oh, gingers are not from tree, they are actually herbs which grow from stouted rhizome. You know, like the common ginger we use in our cooking.

Pic of a ginger plant....
14 years ago

Here's a picture of a ginger plant....

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Soothing soak....
14 years ago
If you're aching from workout, add a tablespoon of powdered ginger to your bath - it helps soothe some muscles. You'll smell great and get rosy glow too!
13 years ago
ginger is definitely a wonderful medicinal plant.not only that u can fill the room with ur gases after eating ginger but it warms ur body. the malay ladies usually consume ginger during their menstrual and after giving birth. what fascinates me the most during my university years was the food that we got to eat. my Iban fren served me crushed ginger with boiled eggs. it tasted good even though the preparation was simple. best to eat during menstrual period.
13 years ago
i hate the taste of ginger but i helps the stomach    it stops indigestion. also make as a wrap and stops the imflammation of the pain of muscles.
Ginger punch!!!
13 years ago

Fresh ginger is naturally anti-inflammatory. Slice a small ginger root into thin slices, then add water and boil to make tea. The solution should turn yellowish or brown. Add some honey to sweeten the tea and sip it slowly while it is hot.

For an Ayurvedic touch, throw in some fennel seeds, cinnamon and a pinch of clove powder.

For what???

Use this natural remedy to keep your voice in peak condition!

Ginger Benefits, Ginger As Alternative Medicine, Ginger As Herb
13 years ago

Hi everyone!

Recently, I found a page which I think, and I'm sure very useful and informative for those out there seeking for more details on the use of gingers as medicine.

Check this webpage: 

Besides, the article has information on the cultivation and history of gingers!

-Kah Hoo- 

13 years ago

Ginger brings relief to digestions troubled by motion sickness, morning sickness*, and other causes; also an important circulatory remedy. Excellent remedy for dysentary. Highly effective for digestive complaints such as colic, nausea, gas, and indigestion. It is also antiseptic, making it valuable in treating gastrointestinal infections, including some types of food poisoning. Stimulates the circulation and helps high blood pressure. Increases sweating and helps reduce body temperature in high fevers. Aids respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, and flu with its warming, soothing properties.

*emphasis mine.

Notes from the Group Host: This post was sent by Sarvo P.

Ginger 'may fight ovarian cancer'
13 years ago
Ginger may help to fight ovarian cancer, US scientists believe.

University of Michigan researchers announced at the American Association of Cancer Research that tests show ginger kills cancer cells.

The study also found that the spice had the added benefit of stopping the cells from becoming resistant to treatment.

But UK cancer experts said that, while ginger may in the future form a basis of a new drug, more research was needed to corroborate the findings.

Ginger is already known to ease nausea and control inflammation, but the findings by the US team offer cancer patients new hope.

Researchers used ginger powder, similar to that sold in shops, which they dissolved in a solution and applied to ovarian cancer cells.

They found it caused the cells to die in all the tests done.

But it was the way in which the cells died which offered even more hope. The tests demonstrated two types of death - apoptosis, which is essentially cell suicide, and autophagy, a kind of self-digestion.

Report author Rebecca Liu said: "Most ovarian cancer patients develop recurrent disease that eventually becomes resistant to standard chemotherapy, which is associated with apoptosis.

"If ginger can cause autophagic cell death in addition to apoptosis, it may circumvent resistance to conventional chemotherapy."

The researchers warned the results were very preliminary and they plan to test whether they can obtain similar results in animal studies.


But they added the appeal of ginger was that it would have virtually no side-effects and would be easy to administer as a capsule.

Henry Scowcroft, science information officer for Cancer Research UK, said previous research had shown that ginger extract can stop cancer cell growing so it was possible that ginger could form the basis of a new drug.

But more work was needed before firm conclusions could be drawn, he added.

"This study doesn't mean that people should dash down to the supermarket and stockpile ginger.

"We still don't know whether ginger, in any form, can prevent or treat cancers in animals or people."

Thank you!
13 years ago

Dear Jenni,

Thanks for the important updates!

Kah Hoo

Zingiber officinalis
12 years ago
12 years ago

The Grocery Store and planted it and now i have  beautiful ginger plants growing in my window.....


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A Cancer Killer in the Kitchen
12 years ago
By Jon Herring

The powerful healing effects of ginger have been well documented. It's a proven remedy for upset stomach. Reams of studies show that it inhibits inflammation. And there is substantial evidence that it fights cancer too.

For instance, a recent
Universityof Michigan study showed that when ginger was added to ovarian cancer cells in the laboratory, it caused the cancer cells to self-destruct (a process known as "apoptosis"). In a separate study at the Universityof Minnesota, researchers injected colon cancer cells into mice that were bred to have no immune system.

Half of these mice were routinely fed gingerol, the main active component in ginger. The researchers found that the mice that were fed gingerol lived longer, their tumors were smaller, and the cancer did not
spread as widely as in the control group.

With all these health benefits, you should be using ginger as often as
you can. The best way I've found to get a healthy serving of ginger is to juice it. (The brand of juicer I use is an Omega.) Two or three days a week, I juice an apple or two, some carrots, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and a big piece of ginger root. The ginger gives the drink a great flavor and a powerful anti-cancer kick. I highly recommend that you try it.
More benefits of ginger...
12 years ago

Saw an article on the various benefits of our common gingers in one local magazine. Thought of sharing with you all....


Ginger: The Cook’s Best Medicine
9 years ago

By Lorna Sass, Kiwi magazine


From Africa to Australia, ginger crosses borders with its wide culinary range and variety of uses. Ginger’s history began in Asia thousands of years ago and spread across the world as both a spice and a health remedy. In the Middle Ages, kings enjoyed ground ginger in sweet and savory dishes. (Gingerbread originated at this time.) In colonial times, ginger was fermented into beer and consumed to quell nausea. Eventually it made its way into Western homes, where Americans quickly took to powdered ginger for gingerbread, cakes and pies. Today we have easy access to fresh ginger for both foods and cures.

Ginger has played an important healing role throughout history. It’s often referred to as the universal medicine in Indian Ayurvedic teachings, and it’s used in more than 50 percent of traditional Chinese herbal formulas. It contains essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, numerous B-vitamins and zinc. It’s no wonder that it has so many important healing properties, such as helping to regulate blood sugar, aid digestion and boost the body’s immune system.


Ginger is also recognized for its ability to settle upset stomachs–ginger ale has long been a folk remedy for curing a bellyache. Indeed, in numerous randomized trials, ginger has proved as efficacious as vitamin B6 in soothing morning sickness in pregnant women. Motion-sickness sufferers also find that taking a few ginger capsules prior to a plane ride can result in a more pleasant trip. If car, boat or plane rides make your kids queasy, try giving them a capsule or two about half an hour before departure (but check with your pediatrician if your child is under 2).


Ginger has eased upset stomachs for centuries and has no known side effects when used in moderation–no more than 4 grams a day for adults, and not for extended periods during pregnancy. (Note: Ginger is not recommended for anyone who has gallstones or is taking anticoagulants.)


People still brew ginger tea to warm up on a cold winter’s day and to relieve their aches and pains. That’s no surprise, since ginger stimulates blood circulation and is an anti-inflammatory. Ginger tea is very easy to make–just chop some fresh ginger and simmer it in water for about five minutes. Strain the liquid into a cup and sweeten it with honey.


To please the palette or heal the body, ginger is a wondrous culinary delight with so much to offer. Try these recipes to make the most of this ancient spice.


Different types of ginger and how to use them in the kitchen.
Ginger’s edible portion is called a rhizome. (The plant also produces a long stem that blossoms at the end.) It grows all over the world, including Australia, Hawaii, Jamaica, Africa and across Asia. Fresh ginger typically comes in knobs that are two to five inches in length. The thin skin is peeled to reveal a yellowish, fibrous, fragrant interior. Because ginger has an intense and distinctive character, a small amount imparts a great deal of flavor. Younger pieces of ginger have a subtler, juicer consistency, while older pieces contain less liquid and have a stronger flavor.


Crystallized. Sliced fresh ginger cooked in a sugar syrup until tender, then coated with coarse sugar. Finely chop crystallized ginger and add it to baked goods or any kind of salad where a jolt of sweet pungency is welcome.


Fresh. Select firm knobs with smooth, unblemished skins. Store them in the refrigerator and use them within two weeks. Peel and grate or mince fresh ginger to add tangy zest to baked goods, ice cream and savory dishes (at the end of cooking).


Pickled. Paper-thin slices of ginger pickled in sweetened vinegar; often brightly colored by a shiso leaf. Store pickled ginger in the refrigerator. This classic accompaniment to sushi also adds pleasing piquancy to salads and salad dressings.


Powdered. Ground from dried ginger. Buy it in small quantities and store it away from heat and light; use it within six months to add a kick to baked goods and curries.

Get a healthy does of ginger in your dessert with this recipe for Double Ginger Ricotta Parfait with Raspberries.


For more info, do check:

Ginger as a New Asthma Treatment
5 years ago

Recent news on gingers as medicine:


by Steve Williams, May 24 2013


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