Siphonochilus aethiopicus elite chemotype
This rare southern African plant, is an ancient
traditional herb regarded as Africa’s best natural anti-inflammatory
remedy, and it has many other uses:
and throat infections
swings and hysteria
flu & coughs
is an excellent remedy for digestive complaints (indigestion,
nausea, gas, colic and congestion)
antiseptic qualities make it highly beneficial for gastro-intestinal
stimulant - stimulates the circulation making it an important
remedy for chilblains and poor circulation. By improving the
circulation, ginger helps reducing high blood pressure
also increases sweating and helps reduce body temperature
helps to "thin" the blood as well as to lower cholesterol
is useful as a supplement for heartburn & halitosis (bad
herb is known to relieve vomiting and to sooth the stomach
and spleen in the process
is a warm vascular stimulant and body cleanser. It encourages
the removal of toxins through the skin, and through increased
relieves motion sickness and morning sickness
This herb has a long history of use in African traditional medicine for
a range of conditions including headaches, Influenza, mild asthma, sinusitis,
throat infections, thrush, candida, premenstrual syndrome and menstrual
The root or rhizome is the part used, and comes to market in jointed branches
called races or hands. The smell of ginger is aromatic and penetrating,
the taste spicy, pungent, hot and biting.
is a deciduous plant with large, hairless leaves, developing annually
from a small, distinctive cone-shaped rhizome. The spectacular flowers
appear at ground level in early summer. Because of its medicinal uses
it has been over-harvested and has a restricted distribution in Mpumalanga
and the Northern Province and has become extinct in Kwa Zulu Natal.
Ginger has a stimulating effect on the heart and circulation, creating
a feeling of warmth and well-being and restoring vitality, especially
for those feeling the cold in winter. Hot ginger tea promotes perspiration,
brings down a fever and helps to clear catarrh. Ginger has a stimulating
and expectorant action in the lungs, expelling phlegm and relieving catarrhal
coughs and chest infections. Ginger is a wonderful aid to digestion. It
invigorates the stomach and intestines, stimulating the appetite and enhancing
digestion by encouraging secretion of digestive enzymes. It moves stagnation
of food and subsequent accumulation of toxins, which has a far-reaching
effect throughout the body, increasing general health, vitality and enhancing
Ginger is famous for relieving nausea and vomiting, from whatever cause.
It settles the stomach, soothes indigestion and calms wind. Its pain-relieving
and relaxing effects in the gut relieve colic and spasm, abdominal pain,
distension and flatulent indigestion and help to relieve griping caused
In the uterus it promotes menstruation, useful for delayed and scanty
periods as well as clots. Ginger relaxes spasm and relieves painful ovulation
and periods, and is recommended to invigorate the reproductive system.
Ginger also inhibits clotting and thins the blood; it lowers blood pressure
and cholesterol. Because of its heating properties ginger is not recommended
for those who do not tolerate heat well or those with gastritis or peptic
Therapeutic properties - Ginger is well researched, and its therapeutic
benefits are largely due to its volatile oil and oleoresin content. Gingerol
is an acrid constituent, responsible for much of the herb's hot taste
and stimulating properties. The shogaols, formed as the plant dries, are
more strongly irritant and acrid than the constituents present in the
Antiemetic - Ginger is highly effective for motion sickness. Trials at
St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London in 1990 found the herb more effective
than conventional medicines in relieving postoperative nausea.
Antiseptic - In a trial in China 70% of patients with bacillary dysentery
who were given ginger made a full recovery.
Research done at Cornell University Medical College has found that Ginger
may help prevent strokes and hardening of the arteries. The active ingredient
in Ginger (Gingerol) is proven effective in preventing recurrences of
so-called "little strokes". It is believed that this substance
(Gingerol) inhibits an enzyme that causes cells to clot.
It has been studied for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, pain-relieving,
anti-ulcer, anti-tumour and other properties.
Six clinical studies have looked at ginger's potential to reduce motion
sickness. Four European studies reported positive results, while two American
studies gave negative findings.
Ginger is rich in minerals and contains Vitamins B3 & B5.
The peculiar flavour of the root appears to depend on the volatile oil;
its pungency is due to a yellowish liquid called gingerol. This is a mixture
of homologous phenols of
the formula C16H26O3. (CH2O) no Zingerone, C11H14O3, is crystalline and
has a sweet odour and an extremely pungent taste; it is chemically related
to vanillin, and is formed when gingerol is treated with baryta water.
The pungency of gingerol, in contrast to that of capsicum, is destroyed
by heating with alkaline hydroxides.
The volatile oil is yellow and consists largely of a mixture of terpenes,
and a new sesquiterpene,
which the discoverers, von Soden and Rojahn (Ph. Ztg., 1900, p. 414) call
zingiberene. There is also
some citral, cineol
and borneol in the oil.
How it works in the body:
The phenolic compounds are the agents responsible for relaxing the muscles
of the stomach, and this may also explain their effect in easing travel
or motion sickness. Fresh or dried, the root has been shown to minimize
vomiting. In addition, the phenolic ingredients act within the stomach
as a sedative and painkiller, which helps to reduce over-activity of the
gut. In stomach infections, the oil acts as an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory.
The gingerols alone are thought to be responsible for ginger's action
as a liver protective. In the cardiovascular system, ginger is thought
to also reduce cholesterol levels, while at the same time increasing a
Chemistry and Pharmacology:
Please refer to the website.
Contraindicated in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Side effects of
ginger are rare when used as recommended. However, some people may be
sensitive to the taste or may experience heartburn. Persons with a history
of gallstones should consult a nutritionally oriented doctor before using
ginger. A doctor should be informed if ginger is used before surgery to
counteract possible post anaesthesia nausea. The German therapeutic monograph
on ginger warns patients with gall bladder disease to avoid it and also
cautions against exceeding the recommended dosage.
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