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Stay Warm and Healthy with Ginger

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 7 views
by Anne Salazar-Dunbar, Therapeutic Herbalist

Ginger is probably the most widely used and available herb on the planet. Ancient fables and legends abound with tales of ginger and its many, many uses. It is used in nearly two-thirds of Chinese and Japanese herbal remedies. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger is said to "rescue devastated yang," a condition in which invading cold or infection has reached the interior of the body. Ginger warms the energy channels and stops bleeding, especially uterine bleeding. It is also a detoxifier.

The warming and pungent qualities in ginger are what make it a very effective healing agent for many conditions. These qualities have a positive effect on the functioning of the heart and circulation of blood. Ginger increases feelings of warmth and well-being. The herb restores vitality and physical fitness; ginger is particularly effective in those individuals, who tend to deal badly with the cold during winter.

Not only does ginger warm us and comfort us, it is also an effective medicine for flues; particularly for the lungs and digestive system. In addition, a hot ginger tea will bring down a high fever, and clear mucous from the body.

A few examples of ginger's power:clears lungs of congestion

  • will give relief for congested coughs and lung
  • increases secretions of digestive enzymes
  • clears stagnation of food in the digestive tract
  • can alleviate nausea and vomiting
  • warms up internal cold
  • helps with scanty menses
  • relief from pain associated with menstrual cramps and ovulation
  • assists in lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • has bactericidal and fungicidal properties


How To Use Ginger

In Traditional Chinese Medicine fresh ginger is used to relieve dryness and heat, while dried ginger is used to relieve dampness and chill. It seems dried ginger, for instance, can bring on hot-flashes in menopausal women, whereas fresh will not.

Added to foods, ginger helps with digestion and to break down the uric acid in meats. And adding juiced ginger to freshly pressed juices add a special quality of healing.

Fresh Root:

Tea- can be used for phlegmy colds and chills.

Tincture- for various conditions; to stimulate and warm the circulatory system.

Dried Ginger:

Capsules- helpful with nausea; morning sickness

Tea- to relieve nausea, abdominal fullness, phlegm

Essential Oil:

Massage Oil – This form of the ginger herb can be used in the treatment of various disorders, for the treatment of lumbago and rheumatism add 5 - 10 drops of the ginger oil in 25 ml of almond oil to make a topical application. The essential oil of the ginger also combines well with the oil of the juniper or the eucalyptus oil and these can be used as well.

Oil- Many uses! Arthritis, aching joints, tired muscles, cold feet, cramping, congested breast tissue, etc.

So don’t pass up that lovely ginger in the produce section. Pick it up, use it, and you will be happy you did!


Anne is a second generation native San Diegan, and mother of three. She is a certified clinical herbalist with training and experience in both Western and Eastern modalities. She is a graduate of Self Heal School and the East West School of Herbal Medicine. Along with a private practice specializing in women and children (though not exclusive to them), Anne also teaches classes in herbal medicine and nutritional health. In addition she works as the Lead Practitioner at Pharmaca, La Jolla. She is happy to join the Natural BabyPros team, and to assist our membership in finding balance in their health, and learning how to use herbs and nutrition for the overall well-being of themselves and their families.

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