Zingiber officinale - Ginger, Sheng Jiang (fresh), Gan Jiang (dried)
Zingiber officinale

Indications & contra-indications

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiemetic
  • Antiplatelet
  • Antipyretic
  • Bitter tonic
  • Carminative
  • Chemoprotective
  • Choleretic
  • Demulcent
  • Diaphoretic
  • Expectorant (general)
  • Anorexia
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Circulation, peripheral, impaired
  • Colic, childhood
  • Colic, intestinal
  • Digestive complaints
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Dyspepsia, flatulent
  • Endometriosis
  • Fever
  • Halitosis
  • Hypochlorhydria
  • Mammary abscess (poultice)
  • Mastitis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
Nutrient reference value:
No observed adverse effect level (NOAEL):
Suggested optimal nutritional allowance:
Dietary reference intake:
BHP indications: Colic, flatulent dyspepsia. Specific indication: flatulent intestinal colic.
Commission E indications: Dyspepsia and prevention of motion sickness.
Contraindications: Not recommended for children under 6 years.
Cautions: Do not administer during pregnancy or in patients with peptic ulceration without professional supervision. It is recommended that high doses be avoided in pregnancy (maximum of 2000 mg/day). Patients with gallstones should consult their physician before use. Use with caution in people with gastric ulcers or reflux. Mild gastrointestinal disturbances, heartburn, bloating and spice allergies have been reported.


Dosage (dry herb): 0.75-3 g per day
Dosage (liquid extract): 5-20 mL per week (1:2)
Dosage (powdered extract):
Qualities: Acrid, hot.

More info & references

More information:
WHO: The prophylaxis of nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, postoperative nausea, pernicious vomiting in pregnancy, and seasickness. The treatment of dyspepsia, flatulence, and other stomach complaints and as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of migraine headache and rheumatic and muscular disorders.