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Ginger
Technical Name: (Zingiber officinale) Fresh or dried pieces of the underground stem of the ginger plant
Used for:

Arthritis, bursitis; motion sickness, nausea; relief of chest congestion; it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

Available In:

Whole fresh root, crystallized ginger, honey-based ginger syrups, capsules containing powdered ginger extracts, alcohol extracts.

Herb Drug:

None known

Interaction:

High doses may cause a burning sensation in the stomach; to minimize, take ginger with food. Use no more than 1,000 mg per day during pregnancy. Acts as a blood thinner, so curb use at least two weeks before surgery. Those undergoing chemotherapy should consult their doctor if using ginger at medicinal levels.

When Buying:

Select products with only 100% pure ginger.

Dosage and Warning:

For inflammatory conditions, 1 or 2 g of powdered ginger a day. For nausea and prevention of motion sickness, take 1,000 mg as a preventive and 500 mg every four hours as needed, or eat two pieces of crystallized ginger or take ginger syrup or tea. For cold relief, brew tea with one-inch piece of peeled and grated ginger root per two cups of water; bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for five minutes; add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and simmer one minute more. Remove from heat. Add two tablespoons fresh lemon juice, one or two cloves of mashed garlic and honey to taste. Let cool slightly and strain.

Child Dosage:

Half the adult dose



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