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The Benefits of Ginger

Posted by Arqustany Putra Monday, October 26, 2009


Ginger is botanically known as Zingiber officinale, and is one the of the world’s favorite spices.
We use ginger all the time. Almost everybody remembers being told as a young child, the story of the Gingerbread Man, or the stories of Hansel and Gretel and the witch with her house made of candy and gingerbread. Ginger snap cookies and gingerbread are in many homes, a favorite treat not only for children but also for parents. To many, the smell of ginger brings to mind wonderful memories involving baking and loved ones gathering together at Thanksgiving or Christmas time accompanied by these aromatic and spicy ginger cookies. Many people use ginger regularly in their everyday cooking. Could there be more than just the possibilities of cooking amazing flavored dishes and casseroles that we can learn from our dear friend ginger? She is an amazing plant with a fantastic amount of herbal and healing qualities that can be beneficial in all of our lives. It is amazing how the root of a plant could hold such a vast amount of treasures in the form of medicinal qualities, when used as a whole herb. We definitely need to take a closer look at ginger.

Let us begin at the place where ginger may have received her start. No one really knows the exact origin of Ginger, but some say that it was most likely discovered in the tropics of Southeast Asia. Perhaps if we look closer at the botanical name, we can find its origin. Some botanists argue that its Sanskrit name indicates India as the site of origin1. Confirming this hypothesis, however, is next to impossible because of the secretive trade and wide cultivation which have left no documents or its origin or existence in the wild state.
Ginger was given its official botanical name, Zingiber officinale, by the famous eighteenth-century Swedish botanist, Linnaeus. Linnaeus derived the genus title Zingiber from its Indian Sanskrit name singabera which means shaped like a horn.2 In Dr. Christopher’s newsletter about ginger, he writes that the name ginger is from the Arabic word Zindschebil, meaning root of Zindschi, or India. The specific name refers to ingredients of preparations made in druggist’s shops. It is called Jamaica Ginger because the most used medicinal root comes from Jamaica, and as a side note, some people claim that this is the root that has the best flavor.3
From early written records very lucrative ginger trade routes were guarded with secrecy and intrigue by those who occupied these routes. Early Arab traders protected their passages and personal supplies of ginger from the Greeks and Romans by actually fabricating a fabled land inhabited by a primitive and ruthless people they called the Troglodytes. Interestingly, the Arabs secretive business engagements probably had more than economics at their roots. In the holiest text of Islam, the Koran, ginger is regarded as a spiritual and heavenly beverage.
The most ancient literature of all the great civilizations of the Middle East, Asia, and Europe contains testimonials to both the medicinal and economic importance of ginger. From five-thousand-year-old Greek literature to 200 B.C. Chinese records, ancient historians equated the ownership of ginger or its trade routes with prosperity. A Chinese historian wrote how thousands of acres were planted only in ginger and bringing immense wealth.4 Marco Polo wrote of its discovery in China. Malabar and parts of India, particularly Bengal, are also famed for ginger’s birthplace. Francisco do Mendoza transplanted it from the East Indies into Spain where they cultivated it intensively. Well into the Middle Ages, ginger sustained its economic and cultural significance. This is affirmed by records of transactions in England where just one pound was considered worth 1 shilling and 7 pence, approximately equivalent to the price of a sheep.5 Ginger actually became synonymous with the word spice. For hundreds of years it graced only the dinner tables of the upper class or royalty.
For thousands of years, trade in spices like ginger became the measure of an empire’s wealth and power. Fortunately for ginger, its worldwide cultivation was insured by the economics of the spice trade and its stimulus to colonialism. The Spanish people, who were particularly aggressive explorers and colonialist, were one of the key nations responsible for taking ginger around the globe and encouraging its cultivation in the New World.
It was so valued in Spain that in 1547, they exported 22,053 hundred-weight of it.6 The ginger plant was also found growing wild in the Pacific Islands, where the roots were of great importance as a trade item far back into history. It was used as a spice by the Greeks and Romans. From the 11th -13th century, it was a common item of commerce from the Orient and the East.

I wants to know about my sexual life disorder

Really speaking when I’m intercourse with my wife
I was facing some erectile dysfunction I hope. Because when I having foreplay with my wife my penis will be erectile properly. but when I stated to vaginal intercourse it will get reduce (my penis) fitness. In this cause as per Islamic way which are the treatment (medication) follow to said our Allah's Apostle

Eat Ginger/Garlic/Olives/honey much. You will get more sexual boost. It may also be possible that you do too much foreplay and take time to insert into the vagina because of which you lose the temper.

However, the following will surely help you out.

Bukhari Volumn 006, Book 061, Hadith Number 535.
Narated By 'Aisha : Whenever Allah's Apostle became sick, he would recite Mu'awwidhat (Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas) and then blow his breath over his body. When he became seriously ill, I used to recite (these two Suras) and rub his hands over his body hoping for its blessings.

Bukhari Volumn 006, Book 061, Hadith Number 530.
Narated By Abu Mas'ud : The Prophet said, "If somebody recited the last two Verses of Surat Al-Baqara at night, that will be sufficient for him."

Bukhari Volumn 006, Book 061, Hadith Number 529.
Narated By Abu Said Al-Khudri : While we were on one of our journeys, we dismounted at a place where a slave girl came and said, "The chief of this tribe has been stung by a scorpion and our men are not present; is there anybody among you who can treat him (by reciting something)?" Then one of our men went along with her though we did not think that he knew any such treatment. But he treated the chief by reciting something, and the sick man recovered whereupon he gave him thirty sheep and gave us milk to drink (as a reward). When he returned, we asked our friend, "Did you know how to treat with the recitation of something?" He said, "No, but I treated him only with the recitation of the Mother of the Book (i.e., Al-Fatiha)." We said, "Do not say anything (about it) till we reach or ask the Prophet so when we reached Medina, we mentioned that to the Prophet (in order to know whether the sheep which we had taken were lawful to take or not). The Prophet said, "How did he come to know that it (Al-Fatiha) could be used for treatment? Distribute your reward and assign for me one share thereof as well."

What are the Health Benefits Of Ginger?

There is a wide range of benefits of ginger such as nausea, digestive problems, circulation and arthritis. Nausea caused during pregnancy or by travelling is one of the benefits of ginger root. Ginger is also known to have the ability to calm an upset stomach and to promote the flow of bile. Stomach cramps can be eased and circulation can also be improved. Ginger supports a healthy cardiovascular system by making platelets less sticky which in turn reduces circulatory problems.

Ginger oil used for massage can help relieve painful arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is often included in many herbal decongestants and can help to minimise the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies.

With all the benefits of ginger and continuing research, the ginger root is fast becoming a very popular medicinal herb.

How to Use Ginger

Ginger Health Benefits Ginger can be freshly grated and used in cooking. It is also available as a supplement which can be taken on a daily bases.

Gated ginger root mixed with diluted lime juice can help to soothe the digestive tract and reduce flatulence. It can be made into oil and used to massage areas of localised chronic pain. It can also be taken in an extract form to reduce inflammation.

When choosing a ginger supplement it is essential to choose ones that contain ginger's pungent compounds. These are gingerols and shogaols and are the ginger plant's active ingredients.

Ginger can be used in extract pill form and the dosage for this is 100 to 200mg up to three times a day. Fresh powdered ginger should be taken three times a day ½ to ¾ of a teaspoon. Fresh ginger root can be eaten every four hours but no more than three times a day and should be approximately ½ inch and peeled. Ginger tea which now comes prepackaged can be taken several times a day. Crystallised ginger can be taken twice a day.

With such a wide range ginger products available and with the ever increasing benefits of ginger being discovered ginger or a product of ginger is something that everyone should have in their homes.


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