Ginger (Sheng Jiang)

Ginger (Sheng Jiang)

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

Ginger produces a hot, fragrant spice that has been used in candy, foods, medicines, teas, beverages and wines. It is used in international cooking for its flavor and ability to detox food. It is a well known cure for motion sickness  and has a long worldwide history of medicinal use.

Below is an overview of ginger, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of ginger.

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Western Name: Ginger

Also Known As: Ginger Root

Organs/Systems: Stomach, Digestion, Sinuses

Key Actions: Stimulant, Carminative, Sialagogue (promotes salvia production making swallowing easier), Laxative, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic

Medicinal Uses: Nausea, sea sickness, morning sickness, stomach upset from chemotherapy, dyspepsia, gastroparesis, constipation, colic, coughs, ear aches, sore throat, relieve arthritic pain, menstrual pain, low back pain, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, poor circulation, cleanse the lymph, promotes sweating.


Pin Yin: Sheng Jiang

Also Known As: N/A

Meridians: Lung, Spleen, Stomach (Middle Jiao)

Key Actions: Releases to the Exterior, Disperses Cold, Warms the Middle Jiao, Alleviates Vomiting, Disperses Cold, Stops Coughing, Reduces Toxicity of Other Herbs, Adjusts Nutritive and Protective Qi

Medicinal Uses: For conditions of Exterior Deficiency when sweating is not improving the condition. The skin of ginger is used to promote urination and reduce edema.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

There are more than 80 species of ginger spread throughout the world. Ginger is herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems about a meter tall with narrow green leave and clusters of white and pink flower buds that will bloom into yellow flowers. Ginger is indigenous to southern China and spread to other parts of Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbean.

Ginger (Sheng Jiang) Parts Most Frequently Used: Root, Leaf

Flavors/Temps: Acrid, Hot, Slightly Sweet, Dry

Caution: Generally considered very safe. Use carefully if stomach condition is hot, as ginger is already a hot, dry herb.

History/Folklore: Ginger is often used with honey to help mask the flavor of other herbs that are either very bitter or distasteful. The American Cancer Society has promoted ginger as a treatment to prevent cancer tumors from developing. Ginger is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics and as a flavoring agent in many foods and beverages. Ginger has a potent, perspiration-inducing action that helps cleanse the system of toxins. Recent research has verified that ginger helps other herbs reach their destination, confirming its title as a key guide herb (or tropism enhancer).

Many cultures have benefited from using this herb. The Chinese recognize ginger as a whole body Yang tonifying herb that is good for warming the body and lifting the spirit. The ancient Hawaiians used to drink the sweet juice from the stems of flower heads after a long hike. In Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is used to treat pain, arthritis and blood platelet clumping. The creation of the soft drink, ginger ale, sprang from the folkloric use of ginger to treat upset stomachs.

Key Constituents:

Zingerone, shogaols, gingerols, Volatile oils, sesquiterpenoids, terpenes, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B3.

Did you know?

Ginger Wine

Ginger wine has been made commercially since 1740.


Horse Suppository

Ginger is a minor chemical irritant and the mounted regiments pre-WWI used it as a horse suppository to treat feaguing.

Fun fact!

Treats Burns

Some recommend pouring the fresh juice of ginger on the skin to help treat burns.

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