What is ginger?

Ginger, also known as Zingiber officinale, is an ancient perennial plant. The thickened underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant, commonly called ginger root, has been used extensively for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Currently, ginger is grown in Africa, India, China and Jamaica for commercial trade.

Preparations of dried ginger rhizome can be used to:

  • Treat impaired digestion and gastric indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Prevent motion sickness

The dried rhizome of ginger is available in a variety of product types. Although there is no official recommended daily dose of ginger, researchers may recommend as little as 0.5 to 1g of the dried rhizome daily, while supplement manufacturers may suggest 2 to 4 g. It is usually considered safe, but in large doses may interfere with anticoagulants; also, those with gallstone disease should be aware that it is thought to increase bile flow. No time limitation for using ginger supplements has been specified; thus, ginger may be used as needed.

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