Although this knotted, beige colored root is one of the most frequently used herbs in the kitchen, it is much more than a culinary spice. In current research, ginger has show to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol and increase the flow of bile. It also stimulates the circulatory system, acts as an anti-inflammatory and blood thinner. Ginger is also a strong anti-oxidant substance and may either mitigate or prevent generation of free radicals. For the past 4000 years in traditional Chinese medicine, this plant has been used extensively for medicinal purposes as well. Depending on how it’s prepared, ginger can go by a few different names.
Fresh ginger (my favorite) is called “Sheng Jiang” and is what you typically see in the produce section of your super market.
Gan Jiang is a dried ginger is great for warming the body.
Pao Jiang, a toasted form of ginger.
How Much Ginger Should I Take?
Intake of ginger depends on the condition. In general, no more than 2-4 grams of fresh ginger should be taken daily. However, other doses are recommended for the following conditions:
How Much is too Much Ginger?
The American Herbal Products Association has given fresh ginger root a class I safety rating, meaning it is a safe herb with a wide dosage range. However Gan Jiang, dried ginger root, has a class II B rating, which means it should be used with caution during pregnancy.
Some evidence suggests that large doses of ginger may interfere with heart medications, diabetes medications and anticoagulants. Since ginger also increases the flow of bile, it should not be taken with caution for patients with gallstones. Excessive amounts of ginger may cause mild heartburn
Facts and Folklore about Ginger