Ginger

Ginger

Common name Ginger

Latin name Zingiber officinale

Parts used Roots


System affinities

Ginger is sympathetic to the Immune, Digestive, Circulatory, and Respiratory systems.


Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Ginger is an adaptogen.  It frequently acts as Anti-inflammatory, Anti-septic, or Antispasmodic depending on the situation. It is indicated for the vata dosha.


Taste/Quality

Ginger is pungent and bitter.


Indications

Ginger is often indicated for Nausea, Cold and flu, Arthritis, and Respiratory Issues.


Warnings/contraindications



History/lore

Chinese sailors chewed ginger to prevent sea-sickness and it was widely used in Ancient China to treat arthritis and kidney problems. Ginger is prominently mentioned in China's first great herbal, the Pen Tsao Ching (Classic of Herbs) where amongst other virtues it suggests 'Ginger eliminates body odour and puts a person in touch with the spiritual realm'.


Habitat

Ginger grows best in moist, fertile, well drained soil especially in tropical areas. 


dosing/formulas