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Ginger Root - Zingiber officinale

Among ginger`s constituents you can find carbohydrates, lipids, gingerol homologue, hydrocarbons, B-bisabolene, curcumene, farnesene, sesquiphellandrene, zingiberol, zingiberene, monoterpenes, amino acids and proteins. Due to shogaol`s and gingerol`s ability to stimulate the flow of saliva, bile and gastric secretions, they are attributed anti-emetic properties. Other activities attributed to these constituents include the suppression of gastric contractions and improvement of the intestinal muscle tone and peristalsis.

Historical or traditional use:
Ginger has been used as a medicine in Asia for more than 2000 years. Among its many uses we can include:

* Anti-arthritic: by inhibiting prostaglandin, thrombaxane, and leukotriene biosynthesis ginger relief the pain and swelling present in various arthritic conditions.
* Antiemetic agent: studies support that ginger reduces morning, motion and sea sickness as well as vomiting. These properties are attributed to its effects on the gastro intestinal tract.
* Digestive aid: Ginger improves digestion and boosts the appetite. It promotes saliva production and combats dyspepsia, stomach cramps, alcoholic gastritis, and even hangover.

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