Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to tumeric, cardomon and galangal. The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger.
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few. It can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Ginger is a popular spice. It is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
I use ginger everyday. For a morning ginger-lemon shot, pain oil for inflammation during the day and a tea at night. Also, sprinkle ground pepper on most foods in place of pepper.