Ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant with a firm, striated texture. The flesh of
the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered
with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was
harvested when it was mature or young.
Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of
gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a
substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic
(a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract).
Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties
including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and
direct anti-inflammatory effects.