Ginger, the root of the Zingiber officinale plant found in Asia, Africa, India and the Caribbean, has been used in medicine for years. Some of the more common ailments ginger can help to treat include sore throat, fever, colds and flu, indigestion, and stomach ulcers.
To treat a sore throat, steep two tablespoons of freshly grated ginger in one cup boiling water to make tea. Strain, sweeten with honey if desired, and drink two to three times daily.
For fever, a ginger and lemon tea may be helpful. Tea bags with lemon and ginger are commercially available; steep according to package directions and drink as needed. To make your own, grate 3 teaspoons of fresh ginger and steep in one cup boiling water. Strain and add lemon to taste (honey may also be added for flavor).
For stomach ulcers, add ginger to your diet. Ginger may be eaten in a variety of foods, such as gingerbread, many Chinese foods, ginger ale, teas, and ginger snaps. Do not exceed 4 grams daily. More conveniently, ginger may be taken as a supplement. The standard dose is 250 mg 4 times daily.
Do not take ginger if you suffer from gallstones, as it may increase the production of bile. Large quantities of ginger may cause heartburn, nausea, and intestinal blockage. Tell your doctor if you are taking ginger while on blood-thinning medication.