Ginger (姜)

Ginger is one of those indispensable spices in Asian kitchen.  It is also widely used in Buddhist medicine too.

Ginger can improve blood circulation; enhances metabolism and it also enhances the rate of our body absorbing medications.

Generally, in traditional medicines, ginger is used to treat flu. It can also be effectively used to stop nausea and vomit. At times, ginger is also used to neutralize characters of other herbs.

There is a story about the Buddha and ginger:

One day, the Buddha has caught a cold and then suffers fever. 

His senior disciple, Ananda advises the Buddha to consume ginger porridge. 

Soon after the Buddha finished consuming a bowl of ginger porridge, his fever subsided and his flu also gone.

After his recovery, the Buddha summoned all his disciples and said:

"You all must consume medicinal porridge cooked with sesame, old wine and ginger. There are 5 benefits: 

1. It is filling.
2. It quenches the thirst.
3. It prevents constipation.
4. It enables us go to toilet smoothly.
5. It can treat flu."

Modern research shows that ginger has the capability to improve digestion, killing germs and improves metabolism. In the West, ginger is also used to treat headache, stomachache and indigestion.

Below are some ginger formulas:

1. Using ginger to cure flu:

a. Ginger rhizome is sliced into thin and small pieces. Then some ginger slices are boiled or soaked into boiling water with some sugar added. After the ginger tea has cooled down a little, it is ready to be consumed.

2. Prevents chills and chills:

a. Prepare some ginger powder and some honey. Pour some hot water to make ginger honey tea. After that consume the tea 3 times a day.