Ginger Zingiber officinale

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Herbalist Paul Schulick, author of an exhaustive treatise on ginger's remarkable healing powers, Ginger - Common Spice & Wonder Drug, cites among its medicinal properties: the prevention and amelioration of such conditions as heart attacks, arthritis and ulcers; it is a potent aid to improved digestion, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Ginger contains a substance known as zingibain, a potent protein-digesting enzyme, one gram of which is capable of tenderizing 20 pounds of meat. More effective than all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on the market today, ginger is capable of counteracting arthritic and rheumatoid inflammation. Extremely potent in its antioxidant properties (having more than 12 constituents superior to Vitamin E), enzymatic properties (it is considered the premier digestive aid, and Confucius is recorded to have said he never dined without it) and a profound modulator of eicosanoid (precursory mi-cro-hormonal) balances, preventing the development of cardiovascular disease in a manner far superior to the present usage of aspirin for the same purpose, ginger ranks as one of - if not the - premier herbal healer of all time. Found in more than half of all traditional Chinese herbal medical formulas, ginger's broad and profound biological effects have been noted for centuries throughout many cultures around the world.

Further benefits of ginger: analgesic, anti-diabetic, antihelmintic, anti-thrombic, anti-ulcer, immune supportive, anti-bacterial, anti-emetic, antiinflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-viral, thermoregulatory, anti-catharti c, anti-fungal, anti-mutagenic, antitussive and hypocholesteremic.

One may easily supplement one's diet with ginger in many forms: grated raw, juiced with fruits or vegetables, crystallized and powdered. Encapsulated ginger is available for convenience when traveling.

Further reading:

Schulick, Paul, Ginger, Common Spice & Wonder Drug, Herbal Free

Lucas, Richard, Secrets of the Chinese Herbalists, Parker Publishing, West

Murray, Michael T. N.D., The Healing Power of Herbs, Prima Publishing,

Rocklin, CA, 1995.

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