By Lakshmi Sridharan, Ph.D., Well Being Journal, Vol. 23. No. 5.
More and more people worldwide are turning to traditional medicinal practices, such as Ayurvedic medicine practiced in India for centuries, which have been proven to be successful in the treatment of many diseases. Ethnobotanists are looking for plants of medicinal value all over the world. However, you do not have to explore tropical rain forests or spend a lot of money, energy, or time to obtain plants of medicinal importance such as ginger (Zingeiber officinale), and turmeric (Curcuma longa). You can easily grow them in a kitchen garden, in containers on a balcony, or on a sunny windowsill. Turmeric and ginger are readily available in produce sections of almost all grocery stores.
Ginger (Zingeiber officinale), and turmeric (Curcuma longa) belong to the same plant family: Zingiberaceae. Extensively used in Indian and Asian cuisine, and traditional medicinal practices, (Ayurvedic, Unani, and Chinese medicine) ginger and turmeric have found their way into other cuisines as well as modern complementary medicine. Ginger and turmeric are used in the preparation of special foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. Turmeric is also used in the cosmetic industry.
Healing Properties of Ginger and Turmeric
Ayurvedic medicine has been using ginger and turmeric for centuries to treat ailments such as digestive disorders, joint pain, cold, fever, cough, nausea, poor circulation, chronic respiratory illness, neurological disorders, etc. Unique phytochemicals in ginger and turmeric have healing properties that can treat life-threatening health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, debilitating conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and many other chronic illnesses.
For more information, author bio, and references see the full article in Vol. 23, No. 5, September/October 2014 (available in print or digital format) of the Well Being Journal.