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Scientific name

Zingiber officinale





Also called african ginger and ardraka

Ginger is a perennial plant which grows annual leafy stems with reddish flowers . It is native to warmer parts of asia, such as china, japan, and india, but is now cultivated in parts of south america and africa.

Applicable parts used

Rhizome and root


Symbolizes safety and comfort


Organs & systems affected



Immune system

Flower essence

Assist in improving pleasure

Mechanism of action

Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antidote, antitussive, carminative, expectorant, hypotensive, hypoglycemic, gastroprotective, antifungal, diaphoretic, tonic, and anxiolytic.


Spicy, warming, and drying

Plant constituents

Gingerol, gingerdione, shogaol, and sesquiterpene and monoterpene volatile oils

Traditional uses

Orally, ginger has used for motion sickness, morning sickness, heartburn, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, dysmenorrhea, migraine headache, hypertension, cough, respiratory distress, bronchitis, diabetes, stomachache, nausea, and pain.


Precaution & adverse reactions

Generally tolerated when used appropriately


Ginger may interact with anticoagulants, antidiabetics, calcium channel blockers, cyclosporines, flagyl, nifedipine, and warfarin.

Pregnancy and lactation

Possibly safe in pregnant women if used in moderation


Herbal infusion: 2-3 tsp of dry ginger per 8 ounces, up to 3 times per day

Condition specific

---Diabetes: powdered ginger 1 gram two or three times daily for 8 weeks

Our favorite pairings

Burdock, chamomile, raspberry, hibiscus, yellow dock root

Disclaimer: the information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded throughout history. With the information provided on this website, we wish to begin the journey to educate the community based on research, african holistic health, and herbal science. This information, in no shape or form, is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease, or make claims against products or companies. This information provided on this site is to make public information and information acquired from research studies easily available to you. Rooted vigor, llc is giving you the opportunity to draw your own conclusions and make your own decisions from the information provided. The information on this website may or may not have been evaluated by the fda. Seek advice from a medical practitioner as necessary.



Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.





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