Why ginger is good for you
Use it for travel sickness, indigestion, catarrh, even as an aphrodisiac.
Cornelis van Dalen explains
'Bite into a fresh ginger root, and you will feel the sun's fire stored in the paper brown wrapper'. The quote is from an unknown source, but the writer got it right. The skin of fresh ginger is remarkably like brown paper, though usually it is peeled very thinly before the root is used.
As for the sun's fire, it is not only a hot spice; it is also a very powerful one. Ginger root – called a rhizome – is said to have originated in Asia but is now cultivated in many hot and tropical climes. It is a medicinal herb, used fresh, powdered in capsules or dried, also used as a spice for culinary purposes. When combined in herbal formulations, it has the ability to support and enhance the action of other herbs.
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Fresh ginger combined with cumin and coriander helps to break down high-protein foods such as meat and beans, and lessens the formation of uric acid in the body. With beans, it counters the problems of flatulence. In Indian cooking, no dhal or bean dish is ever contemplated without the addition of ginger. Here we have a great secret of traditional cuisine food that not only sustains life and promotes growth, but also incorporates cooking techniques that aid digestion.
Best ways to take ginger
Drinking ginger tea after eating Indian food of an indigestible nature once saved me.
I had been eating flat bread, or roti, made with white flour and copious baking powder, something I learned to avoid (it is best made with wheat flour and no baking powder). I felt this heavy lump in the stomach and was feeling most uncomfortable.
Fortunately, my hostess had ginger tea brewing on the stove. Within a few minutes, I felt a warming sensation and thereafter total physical relief.
Ginger for travel sickness
The most convenient form for this purpose is capsules. Take half an hour or so before travelling or have crystallised ginger on hand when motion sickness occurs. This does the trick for some people. Several studies show the positive effect of ginger on travel sickness, though doses vary. One study suggests taking 500mg 1 hour before travel and then 500 mg every two to four hours as necessary.
Half doses can be given to children - if they are willing to try the spicy flavour.
Powerful herbs and strongly medicinal foods should be used cautiously in the normal diet. To use ginger as a medicinal aid, remember that each person will react differently, as they do to any other herb or spice. The amount that suits you is a matter of moderate experimentation and observation. To get best results, you may want to seek advice from a Naturopathic practitioner. A Chinese folk saying warns, Healthy people who regularly use medicines become ill.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cornelis van Dalen has more than ten years experience in the Naturopathic approach to health and well-being. He is the media liaison for the College of Naturopathic and Complementary Medicine (CNM) and Secretary-General of the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP).
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