Most traditional Chinese Medicine prescriptions are combinations of many herbs, and ginger is used in nearly half of them. Ginger has been used in Asian medicine to treat arthritis, osteoarthritis and joint and muscle pain, and for stomach aches, nausea and diarrhoea.
In Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is used as a digestive and respiratory herb. Ayurvedic practitioners used is as a cure of cholera, anorexia and inflamed liver and many of these traditional properties are supported by recent research.
Ginger is generally considered good for colds and an appetite stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-emetic and carminative, circulatory and antitussive.
Ginger has good antioxidant properties that are likely to contribute to slowing down ageing as well as strong potential to fight some cancers and aid resistance to diabetes.
Ginger is a circulatory stimulant, so it helps to keep chilly fingers and toes warm, which can be especially helpful for sufferers of Raynaud’s Disease. It’s also a diaphoretic, which means that it causes sweating – this is a natural mechanism for helping to lower a temperature because as sweat evaporates, it cools you down.
Sources: The Healing Plants Bible (Helen Farmer-Knowles); Sue Salmon Medical Herbalist