Excerpt from Dr. Susan Lark’s Healing Herbs for Women
Ginger has thick, underground stems (tuberous rhizomes), and it is these knotted and branched rhiz-omes, commonly called the “root,” which are used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Records of its use in China date to the fourth century BC. As an antispasmodic, ginger is effective in relieving the nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness and morning sickness in pregnancy. The most pharmacologically active compounds in ginger are the various “pungent” principles, aromatic ketones known collectively as gingerols.
As for its effects on stress management, the gingerroot helps stabilize blood sugar levels, preventing the mood swings that erratic highs and lows of blood glucose can trigger. Ginger also increases the efficiency of the digestive processes and thereby the availability of essential nutrients needed for proper maintenance of blood glucose.
Suggested Dosage: Mix ½ tsp. ground ginger or 1 to 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger with 1 tsp. honey. Add one cup of boiling water to make a cup of ginger tea.