Garlic or Ginger / Luya (Zingiber officinale L.) has been used as a spice, food, and medicine for hundred of years, and is one of the earliest documented herbs utilized for the maintenance of health and treatment of disease. Luya or ginger is claimed to have many medicinal value, from antibacterial, anti- inflamatory to anti nausea and treatment of sore throat. Let us discover how you can take advantage of the many health benefits this remarkable root crop can bring.
Luya, Luyang Dilaw or Ginger, It is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeic, cardamom, and galangal.. Luya or Ginger has been used throughout recorded history for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Luya, luyang dilaw or ginger is an erect, smooth plant with thickened and aromatic rootstocks. Luya or ginger has Leafy stems that are 0.4 to 1 meter high. Ginger Leaves are distichous, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 15-25 cm long, and 2 cm wide or less. Luya scape from rootstock is erect, 15-25 cm high, covered with imbricate bracts. Calyx is 1 cm long. Corolla is greenish-yellow with a tube less than 2 cm long .
The taste of luyang dilaw or ginger is distinct, brought about by the zingerone and shogoal substances that it has, giving the plant its pungent properties. As herbal medicine, Luyang Dilaw has long been used as a cold, cough, fever, and sore throat remedy.
Luya or ginger has been used as herbal medicine in many cultures for hundreds of years, Luya or ginger is claimed to have many medicinal value, from antibacterial, anti- inflamatory to anti nausea and treatment of sore throat.
Luya or ginger is popularly used for sore throat prevention and treatment. Luya is also widely used as herbal medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness and also being used for treatment of nausea associated in cancer chemotherapy. Luya or ginger is also used as support against inflamatory associated with arthritis and rhematisms.. Luya or ginger is also used as digestive aid for mild stomach upset, to lower cholesterol level, anti viral and anti bacterial properties and for the treatment of cancer.
Ginger or luya have been used since antiquity in the various traditional systems of medicine , a few of these health benefits are listed below as confirmed by evidence based studies.
Natural spices of garlic and ginger possess effective anti-bacterial activity against multi-drug clinical pathogens and can be used for prevention of drug resistant microbial diseases and further evaluation is necessary. Source: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine (Aug 2012)
A study published in American Journal of Cancer Research (Sep 2013) reported that ginger root extracts containing the gingerols inhibit the growth of H. pylori CagA+ strains in vitro that is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen and a definite cause of gastric cancer in humans and this activity may also contribute to its chemopreventative effects .
The study oral ginger supplementation ameliorated inflammation through reduction in levels of TNF-α and hs-CRP concentrations in blood samples of the patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Regarding negligible side effects of ginger, it may be a good remedy for diabetic patients to diminish the risk of some secondary chronic complications. Source: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin (2013 Dec)
The overall evaluation of one study concludes that both spices ginger and cumin have good antioxidant potential, particularly fresh ginger. Methanol extracts of all the samples were found to have better antioxidant action than the n-hexane extracts. There was also a good correlation between the total phenolic content and antioxidant activities of the non-volatile extracts. Source: Antioxidant activities, total phenolics and flavonoids content in two varieties of Malaysia young Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) Molecules. 2010
An experiment investigated the anti-inflammatory effect of the ginger constituent 12-dehydrogingerdione on lipopolysaccharide-stimulated Raw 264.7 cells, Results have shown that 12-DHGD treatment inhibited the LPS-stimulated increase in iNOS and COX-2 mRNA levels and is found to be a potent inhibitor of proinflammatory mediator production in Raw 264.7 macrophage cells. Source: Phytotherapy Research. (2013 Aug);
One clinical study published as "Effect of ginkgo and ginger on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of warfarin in healthy subjects. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2005" investigated the interaction between ginger and warfarin, This study found no significant change to patient INR when ginger was administered for seven days. This is partially corroborated by the results of a study of Wistar rats in which a proprietary ginger formulation, in combination with warfarin, had no additive effect on whole blood clotting time.
Ginger or luya is largely used as condiment to spice food. It is best when mixed in soups where its taste may be pronounced.
Ginger or luya can be taken fresh, dried, preserved, pickled, crystalized, powdered, grounded and even candied.
Ginger or Luya is best and most potent in tincture form.
Ginger tea or Luyang dilaw tea is the more common preparation. Boil a spoonful of sliced ginger to every cup of water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes and best consumed while warm. Recommended to take 1 cup 3 times a day.
Luya or Ginger Tincture. Tincture is a more concentrated form than tea and may last longer for storage (3-6 months). Luya or ginger tincture is made by following the below steps;
Luya or Ginger aromatic oil may be taken internally as mixed with foods, applied locally to affected area such as in rheumatism and arthritis or may be used as aromatic scents. Luya or ginger oil may be prepared as follows;
Ginger or luya is a root crop that is largely available in the spices section of most grocery stores and supermatkets. They are also available in powdered form, ready to make tea. In some health stores and chinese herb shops, ginger tincture, tablets and capsules may be available.
Ginger or Luya may react with anticoagulant medications.
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Article last reviewed: 10.07.2016