Traditional Malay medicine encompasses various kinds of ritual ceremonies intended to communicate with the world of spirits to determine whether the nature of an illness is physical or psychological. In such ceremonies, the aim is to summon and exorcise the spirits causing illness. A ritualist serves as a medium, and a small ensemble often provides the musical component.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Ginger in traditional medicine

Ginger is widely used in traditional medicine. The Austronesia-speaking migrants planted ginger in their gardens on each new island. Thus it spread from southern China to the Philippines and the Spice Islands and form the crossroads, onwards both east and west to New Guinea and to Jawa to Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula on either side of the Straits of Malacca.

Ginger root is a familiar pungent and aromatic kitchen spice widely available either as the dried root or powder or as the whole fresh root. It has been valued as spice and medicine for thousands of years.

The most common use of ginger throughout history has probably been its utilization in alleviating symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Ginger root is commonly recommended for preventing seasickness.

The ginger has been one the most valued remedies, primarily for its heating properties and as an antidote to disease associated with cold, such as chest congestion, cough, dropsy and diarrhea.

In western traditions it has been utilized particularly for congestive chest problems, dyspepsia, flatulent colic, gastritis and diarrhea associated with depletion.

Chinese women commonly drink ginger root tea for menstrual and abdominal cramps or delayed menstruation. Treatment of spinal and joint problems including arthritis and rheumatism with ginger oil is also recorded in Japanese traditional medicine.
Ginger in traditional medicine

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