GINGER – A great medicine for Chinese, Indian, Arab & Greek Physicians
For hundreds of years ginger is being used as medicine. Ginger tea is used in India for cough.
Ginger has gingerin and potassium oxalate. Fresh ginger (adrak) has some effective volatile oil which are not there in dried ginger. Fibrous ginger has greater medicinal value.
Fresh ginger reduces the gastric secretion in the stomach. It is good for digestion. It is warm in effect and removes wind and phlegm. For better taste and flavour, fresh ginger is used putting in lemon juice. In few hours it turns attractive red and is like a highly potent digestive pill. Taken after a heavy meal chewing ginger is not only a delight but is also an anti flatulent.
Ginger suppresses motion nausea if taken 15-20 minutes before starting. Boat people in south Asia who go out on the high sea munch away preserved ginger.
Dry ginger powder with jaggery helps in jaundice.
Four to five grams of dry ginger powder with liquorice (mulethi) taken with milk at night would reduce the risk of abortion.
Dry ginger taken with water kills stomach worms.
Rubbing ginger juice on and around the naval helps cure diarrhea.
Ginger tea improves breathing. It also helps in semen production.