If you’ve ever seen one of those movies, where a skeptical man enters the jungle in search of something, only to run into a shaman who uses herbal remedies to heal his emotional wounds, then you will know what we are talking about here. Except that, ginger root treats a lot more than just emotional wounds – studies show that there is an amalgamation of symptoms, syndromes and sufferings that can be eased with a little bit of ginger root. Besides contributing to a brilliant Seared Tuna & Watercress with Scallion-Ginger Relish salad recipe, the benefits of ginger go far beyond the culinary.
Apparently, human serotonin receptors which help influence gastrointestinal function can bind easily to at least half a dozen compounds found in ginger – basically this supports the claim that ginger root is vital in aiding indigestion, constipation, gastroparesis as well as relieving colic pain; it has also shown great promise in treating those ailing from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In India, China and Burma, ginger root is mixed with modern supplements like tea, oatmeal and coke, and consumed as a treatment for rhinovirus (the common cold), and pains associated with the flu like stuffiness, stiffness and the headaches.
Although studies have been inconclusive, in Japan, they commonly use ginger to help with blood circulation, and in the Philippines it is used for sore throats. Besides also helping with certain cancers and slowing down the deterioration of brain cells that cause Alzheimers. Ginger root also is used for weight loss and relieving tired and overused muscles. It also blocks acid from acid reflux, strengthens immunity, reduces arthritic inflammation, heals frostbite, helps the body absorb nutrients, and most commonly it is a reliever of nausea – which is why its services are exploited during stomach discomfort and morning sickness. Herbalism has been used long before traditional medicine came into our world. Even the term “traditional medicine” is a misconception, since almost all chemical medications are created initially from plants and herbs.
Even today, Sage is used to synthesize psychiatric medication; Foxglove plants contain cardiac glycosides which are used to synthesize heart medications like digitalis and digitoxin. Also, because of its aggressive activity on estrogen receptors, the beautiful Red Clover plant is often used to help treat breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. So next time you feel uneasy from what you hear about herbal medication, just remember where your prescription drugs first came from.