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Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Definition: Native to coastal regions of India, this herb has a long history of use throughout the world for its ability to treat gastrointestinal upsets. Folk medicine is full of records confirming the use of aromatic ginger for its stimulating and carminative properties. It makes a wonderful tea in times of colds and flu and can quiet nausea and indigestion better than any other modern medicinal agent.

Applications: Nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness, indigestion, diarrhea, colon disorders, gas, loss of appetite, colds and flu, pain and earaches.

Scientific Updates: An article found in the March 2, 1982 edition of Lancet showed that ginger can be as effective or better than Dramamine, an over-the-counter drug for treating motion sickness.

Complementary Agents: Peppermint, fennel, papaya, spearmint, chamomile, cascara sagrada, senna, aloe vera, proteolytic enzymes, vitamin C and bioflavonoids.

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