This fact sheet provides basic information
about the herb
A plant or part of a plant used
for its flavor, scent, or potential therapeutic properties.
Includes flowers, leaves, bark, fruit, seeds, stems,
ginger--uses, potential side effects,
and resources for more information. Ginger is a tropical
plant that has green-purple flowers and an aromatic
underground stem (called a rhizome). It is commonly
used for cooking and medicinal purposes.
Common Names --ginger
Latin Names -- Zingiber officinale
The underground stems of the ginger plant are used in cooking, baking, and for health purposes. Common forms of ginger include fresh or dried root, tablets, capsules, liquid extracts (tinctures), and teas.
Ginger. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed May 1, 2006.
Ginger ( Zingiber officinale Roscoe). Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed a May 1, 2006.
Ginger root. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds. Herbal Medicine Expanded Commission E Monographs . Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:153-159.
Ginger ( Zingiber officinale ). In: Coates P, Blackman M, Cragg G, et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements . New York, NY: Marcel Dekker; 2005:241-248.
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