Ginger root is used for many digestive disturbances, including flatulence, burping, colic, and nausea associated with motion sickness, chemotherapy and in small doses pregnancy. The ginger root is considered spicy and aromatic, with the dried root being hotter than the fresh root. This tropical plant is commonly used in most kitchens, especially in Asian cooking.
Ginger can be found as fresh or dried roots, tablets, capsules, liquid extracts and teas. Indicated for cold and congestive conditions of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, ginger has a long history of being used worldwide. Small doses of ginger often have few side effects; however some people notice gas, bloating, heartburn or nausea when using ginger. During pregnancy small doses of ginger are considered safe, but as always please talk with your doctor before using ginger if you are pregnant.
Ginger has been used in inflammatory conditions including arthritis and ulcerative colitis. Osteoarthritis patients have noticed a decrease in pain when they use ginger extract twice a day. Consider adding fresh ginger to your next meal or even to a cup of tea when you have a stomachache.