Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. The first traditionally recognized herbalist, Shénnóng, is said to have lived around 2800 BC. There are roughly 13,000 medicinals used in China and over 100,000 medicinal recipes recorded in the ancient literature. In this blog post series, I highlight one Chinese herb and its healing properties:
Ginger is used in Chinese medicine to treat motion and morning sickness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It acts to reduce stomach and intestinal spasms, while at the same time supporting digestion. Ginger is also a powerful antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory. It reduces the joint pain and swelling associated with arthritis, eases migraine headaches, and prevents stomach ulcer formation. Ginger reduces cholesterol levels by preventing cholesterol absorption from the diet and increases its elimination from the body. It reduces platelet aggregation (blood clotting) and supports cardiovascular health.