Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes in China for more than 2,500 years, and it has had a prominent role in Chinese, Indian, and Japanese medicine since the 1500s. Native to parts of Asia, such as China, Japan, and India, ginger has a leafy. stem and yellowish-green flowers. The spice comes from the rhizome (underground stem) of the plant.
- digestive aid and helps to improve digestion
- may be helpful for mild nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy
- may help to alleviate nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, although it might be helpful if taken in combination with certain types of chemotherapy or certain drugs used to prevent nausea and vomiting
- may help to relieve pain due to menstrual cramps