Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is a well known remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion (general gastrointestinal problems). It also helps alleviate conditions such as colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, cold, flu, poor blood circulation, P.M.S, fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, bronchitis.
Recently there is interest in its powerful anti-inflammatory attribute of Ginger herb as it can be used for joint inflammation problems (arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis).
In Chinese medicine Ginger is widely used as a warming ingredient that helps boost the blood circulation, get rid of cold or wind cold symptoms externally and internally. It is frequently used with the treatment of Moxibustion when the cold symptoms are very strong. In this case a slice of ginger is put under the moxa cone and laid on the suffering body part before the moxa is lit.