Ginger: The multifaceted wonder herb
This important herb's beneficial health properties continue to care for modern health problems.
On a chilly winter morning, nothing perks you up more than a nice hot cup of ginger tea. But ginger has medicinal values as well. CNBC-TV18 finds out more about ginger's multifaceted virtues.
Nutritionist Shikha Sharma says, "Ginger infact, is one of the most widely used herbs, it's used in Chinese medicine, Indian medicine, Unani medicine and the reason why it's so widely used is because ginger has a liver detoxifying action - that means it cleanses your liver and rejuvenates the liver. Second, it also has anti-nausea effects, especially beneficial for women who are expecting and they cannot take many medicines, so if they take little bit of ginger like in pickle or tea, they'll feel much better. Even for motion sickness, ginger has been used since ages and ofcourse it has so many other properties that it can be truly called a wonder herb."
Though an ancient spice, the popularity of ginger increased around the 15th century, when it was found useful in treating plague. Modern medicine too recognises the health benefits of ginger.
It aids digestion, is a popular remedy for nausea and improves circulation. It also protects against respiratory infections. Infact hot ginger tea is an ideal home remedy for a cold. Just add some honey and lemon juice to some freshly grated ginger for a soothing drink. This healthy drink is also an ideal way to start your day. You can also chew a few pieces of ginger, which will cure a persistent toothache.
If all these benefits don't convince you to think better of the pungent and tangy herb, then remember the multiple purposes it serves.