Ginger root (Zingiberis rhizoma)

Published May 5, 1988; Revised March 13, 1990, and September 9, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


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.


Dyspepsia, prevention of motion sickness.


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.


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.


Positively inotropic
Promoting secretion of saliva and gastric juices

In animals:

antispasmodic In humans:

increase in tonus and peristalsis in intestines.