Ginger root (Zingiberis rhizoma)

Published May 5, 1988; Revised March 13, 1990, and September 9, 1990.
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Name of Drug

Zingiberis rhizoma, ginger root.

Composition of Drug

Ginger root consists of the peeled, finger-long, fresh or dried rhizome of Zingiber officinale Roscoe [Fam. Zingiberaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage

The rhizome contains essential oil and pungent principles.

Uses

Dyspepsia, prevention of motion sickness.

Contraindications

With gallstones, only to be used after consultation with a physician.

Note: No administration for morning sickness during pregnancy.

Ed. note: A review of clinical literature could not justify this caution. There is no evidence that ginger causes harm to the mother or fetus. See Introduction] --> Side Effects None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Daily dosage:

2 - 4 g rhizome; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Chopped or comminuted rhizome and dry extracts for teas, other galenical preparations for internal use.

Actions

Antiemetic
Positively inotropic
Promoting secretion of saliva and gastric juices
Cholagogue.

In animals:

antispasmodic In humans:

increase in tonus and peristalsis in intestines.