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    Also indexed as:Zingiber officinale
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    Botanical names:
    Zingiber officinale

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    Ginger is a perennial plant that grows in India, China, Mexico, and several other countries. The rhizome (underground stem) is used as both a spice and in herbal medicine.

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    This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

    Used for AmountWhy
    Morning Sickness
    1 gram powder daily3 stars[3 stars]
    Ginger, well-known for alleviating nausea and improving digestion, appears to be an effective and safe treatment for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
    Motion Sickness
    Adults: 500 mg one hour before travel and then 500 mg every two to four hours as necessary; children: 250 mg (half dose)3 stars[3 stars]
    Ginger may help prevent and treat mild to moderate cases of motion sickness. Studies have shown it to be as effective as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) but with fewer side effects.
    Osteoarthritis
    510 mg daily of a concentrated herbal extract, taken in divided doses3 stars[3 stars]
    Ginger has historically been used for arthritis and rheumatism. Studies have shown it to be effective at relieving pain and swelling in people with osteoarthritis.
    Epilepsy

    (Asian Ginseng, Bupleurum, Cassia Bark, Chinese Scullcap, Jujube, Licorice, Peony, Pinellia)
    2.5 grams a day of sho-saiko-to or saiko-keishi-to in tea or capsules2 stars[2 stars]
    The Chinese herb bupleurum is included in two herbal formulas, sho-saiko-to and saiko-keishi-to. Both have been shown to be helpful for epilepsy.
    Hepatitis

    (Asian Ginseng, Bupleurum, Cassia Bark, Chinese Scullcap, Jujube, Licorice, Peony, Pinellia)
    Take 2.5 grams of sho-saiko-to three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
    Trials have shown that the bupleurum-containing formula sho-saiko-to can help reduce symptoms and blood liver enzyme levels in people with chronic active viral hepatitis.
    Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
    2 to 4 grams daily fresh ginger or equivalent for indigestion2 stars[2 stars]
    Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea effects, has a history of use in treating gastrointestinal complaints, from flatulence to ulcers. It has been shown to enhance intestinal movements that aid digestion.
    Liver Cirrhosis

    (Asian Ginseng, Bupleurum, Cassia Bark, Chinese Scullcap, Jujube, Licorice, Peony, Pinellia)
    2.5 grams of the Chinese herbal formula sho-saiko-to three times daily2 stars[2 stars]
    The Chinese herb bupleurum is a component of the formula sho-saiko-to, which was shown in one preliminary trial to liver cancer risk in people with liver cirrhosis.
    Pre- and Post-Surgery Health
    1 gram of powder in a capsule 60 minutes before receiving general anesthesia (inform your anesthesiologist)2 stars[2 stars]
    Ginger has antinausea properties and may prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting.
    Vertigo
    1 gram of powdered root daily2 stars[2 stars]
    Ginger has been shown to be effective at reducing symptoms.
    Atherosclerosis
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Supplementing with ginger may reduce platelet stickiness.
    Dysmenorrhea
    250 mg four times per day, beginning at the start of menstruation and continuing for three days 1 star[1 star]
    In a double-blind trial, ginger powder was as effective as anti-inflammatory medication (mefenamic acid and ibuprofen) in relieving symptoms of dysmenorrhea.
    Hay Fever

    (Asiasarum Root, Cassia Bark, Licorice, Ma Huang, Peony, Pinellia, Schisandra)
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    The Japanese herbal formula known as sho-seiryu-to has been shown to reduce symptoms, such as sneezing, for people with hay fever.
    HIV and AIDS Support

    (Asian Ginseng, Bupleurum, Cassia Bark, Chinese Scullcap, Jujube, Licorice, Peony, Pinellia)
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    The herbal formula sho-saiko-to has been shown to have beneficial immune effects on white blood cells in people infected with HIV.
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    (Bupleurum, Dan Shen, Schisandra, Wormwood)
    Take a Chinese herbal formula containing wormwood under the guidance of a qualified practitioner1 star[1 star]
    A standardized Chinese herbal combination containing extracts from plants including wormwood, ginger, bupleurum, schisandra, and dan shen reduced IBS symptoms in one study.
    Low Back Pain
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Herbalists often use ginger to decrease inflammation and the pain associated with it, including for those with low back pain.
    Migraine Headache
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Anecdotal evidence suggests ginger may be used for migraines and the accompanying nausea.
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Ginger is an Ayurvedic herb used to treat people with arthritis. Taking fresh or powdered ginger may reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

    Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has recommended ginger for over 2,500 years. It is used for abdominal bloating, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and rheumatism. Ginger is commonly used in the Ayurvedic and Tibb systems of medicine for the treatment of inflammatory joint diseases, such as arthritis and rheumatism.

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