If you have ever experienced athsma either as an observer or a sufferer, you know it is a ghastly feeling. Much like the mirror of a fish out of water. Although Ginger could never claim to stop or cure athsma, any relief is a good thing. The fact that Ginger is a great tasting spice, with wide applications is just another great way to include it in your diet. After all - it certainly can't hurt you.
Ginger is known scientifically as Zingiber officinale.
The rhizome, sometimes called a travelling root or creeping rootstalk, is the part most sought for culinary and medicinal purposes. (From Ancient Greek: rhízōma "mass of roots")
Ginger is in the same family as Turmeric, Galangal, and Cardamom - interestingly all of which also have wonderful medicinal properties.
Ginger is a staple ingredient in Chinese 5-spice powder and most curries. It can be dried, candied, powdered, or used fresh.