Therapeutic Potentials of Zingiber officinale


Being one of the mostly consumed alimentary condiments, Ginger’s medicinal properties are striking. With its stimulating piquant flavor, ginger adds a special flavor in Asian cooking. Besides, it has been associated with multitude of therapeutic potentials such as from beating motion sickness to better brain function. Zingiber officinale possess numerous bioactive constituents such as vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals etc. In addition to that ginger also contains phenolic constituents such as 6-gingerol, paradol, shogaol and zingerone. Ginger is used as a natural remedy for the treatment of numerous ailments such as ulcers, hypertension and gastric discomforts thus making it therapeutically potent.

Zingiber officinale is commonly known as ginger, an underground rhizome which is popular for its therapeutic applications across the globe. It has been used for decades as a natural remedy for the treatment of numerous ailments in ancient Rome, China, Greek, India and Arabic. Ginger is available in the form of fresh root or dried with multiple health associated benefits. Besides being antibacterial, it reduces high cholesterol and body fats in obese individuals.

It is a tropical persistent herb innate to Southeast Asia and extensively nurtured in India, Australia, Nigeria, China and Jamaica [5]. Its underground edible portion is called as rhizome and is covered with a brownish beige thick peripheral and is yellowish from inside. The herb possess dense and extended stems with vertically arranged leaves bearing oval shaped distinct assemblies that produces yellowish green flowers. Due to the presence of ketones and gingerol ginger has a strong sweet and peppery flavor.


Hong Shang 
Associate Editor
Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy