Ginger zingeber officinalis


Tincture of ginger reduced asthma symptoms such as coughing at night, fewer asthma attacks, and reduced use of spray medication. To top it off, the study used a dosage that was less than the usual therapeutic dose. (J Nutr 2006; 5(4):373-376)


In mice it was found that ginger could reduce cholesterol and slow the development of atherosclerosis. (J Nutr. 2000 May;130(5):1124-31)
Oxidative stress – a study published electronically Apr 3 2008 demonstrated that dietary ginger fed to rats prevented oxidative stress (Phytother Res. 2008 Apr 3)
Cancer & Cancer Prevention – study suggests that ginger may be useful for anti-tumour effects. The study showed cell shrinkage and anti-oxidant action.  This in vitro study demonstrated the dose dependent suppression of the proliferation of cells. (Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2007 May;100(5):302-7)
In a study on human colorectal cancer, ginger worked in a variety of ways to stop cancer cells from multiplying, as well as causing cancer cell death. (Mol Carcinog. 2008 Mar;47(3):197-208) Another study suggested that dietary ginger may have a role in the treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer. (BMC Complement Altern Med. 2007 Dec 20;7:44)

Protection during conventional anti-cancer therapy

In a study on mice using the cancer drug cisplatin (a known kidney toxin) ginger protected the kidneys. (Food Chem Toxicol. 2007 Jun;45(6):921-7)


Along with its anti-inflammatory action, and its ability to reduce nausea, ginger is also useful for dealing with infection of the digestive tract. One example is a study using an extract of ginger on mice, where almost all worms of the variety schistosomes were killed within 24 hours. (J Helminthol. 2002 Sep;76(3):241-7)
Ginger is a powerful and inexpensive inhibitor of the gastric ulcer causing organism, H. pylori. (Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007 Mar;51(3):324-32)


A series of studies demonstrated that ginger significantly decreased knee pain, and that it’s anti-inflammatory action was similar to that of some conventional remedies (COX and LOX enzyme inhibitors). (American Botanical Council’s Herb Clip # 080751-299)

Liver protection

In rats, it showed protective qualities for liver cells exposed to oxidative damage. (J Nat Prod. 2008 Jan;71(1):12-7) One extract of ginger was tested in rats and found to be protective against liver toxicity caused by acetaminophen. (Food Chem. Toxicol. 2007 Nov;45(11):2267-72)


Including after surgery, morning sickness, and travel sickness
Ginger is as effective for motion sickness as many pharmaceuticals such as cyclizine, dimenhydrinate, domperidone, meclizine, and scopolamine. (Acta Otolaryngol 1998;105:45-49
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Even pregnant women find that nausea is reduced significantly. In one study it improved in 77% of the women. (Altern Ther Health Med 2003;9:19-21) Although there have been a few studies that say it doesn’t work. The majority of them show that it does.

Respiratory infection

Ginger demonstrated antibacterial activity against four respiratory tract pathogens – Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, S. pneumoniae, and Haemophilus influenze. (East Afr Med J. 2002 Nov;79(11):588-92)