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The root of the plant is (ginger) is widely used in cooking. It is promoted as an antinauseant and some clinical trials do suggest that it may have value. Trials in motion sickness are more likely to be positive than studies in other nauseating conditions, including pregnancy. Interactions with conventional medicines, particularly warfarin are well recognised and the combination may induce serious bleeding.

Other use

The aromatic rhizome is the source of ginger, a spice used for centuries to add flavour in cooking, beverages and cosmetics.

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Tropical

Zingiber officinale Roscoe

Genus: Zingiber
Species: officinale Roscoe
Common names: Common Ginger; Canton Ginger
Pharmacopoeia Londinensis name: Zinziber
Distribution summary: Tropical Asia
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H2 - Tender; cool or frost-free greenhouse
Habitat: Woods, thickets, banks
Garden status: Not currently grown
Flowering months: July, August, September
Reason for growing: Medicinal, other use, traditional herbal registration

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