Ginger is a perennial herb that grows in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent. The benefits of ginger include its ability to help relieve nausea and vomiting, prevent cancer, boost immunity and improve blood circulation.
The medicinal properties of ginger have been known for centuries. Its use dates back to ancient China and India, where it was used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from arthritis pain to intestinal gas. In fact, the word “ginger” comes from the Sanskrit word “singabera” which translates as “horn root.”
The active ingredient in ginger that gives it its health benefits is called gingerol. Gingerol has analgesic (pain relieving) properties and is thought to be responsible for many of the medicinal effects of ginger.
Ginger has many health benefits. It can help treat:
- Menstrual cramps;
- Colic in infants;
- Motion sickness;
- Nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy;
- Morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum);
- Morning sickness due to chemotherapy;