Holistic Remedies: Ginger

(Zingiber officinale )
Chinese medicine takes a Holistic approach to healthcare, making remedies to treat the entire being as well as the specific parts or areas. Ginger is among the top ranking botanicals in the Chinese materia medica. Ginger is giving for dyspepsia, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and alcoholic gastritis. Chewing the root and swallowing the juice causes copious saliva to flow and stimulates the digestive juices. Some Chinese cooks keep a small piece of ginger root in their mouth to prevent nausea from prolonged exposure to strong cooking odors. When the root is prepared in the form of a tea improves sluggish digestion, relieves gas bloat, and stimulates the appetite. If you suffer from stomach distress you will take something to relieve it, but why use indigestible forms of antacids that threaten to demineralize your bones and make you a very ill person. Mother Nature is the true alchemist, and the precious treasures of her plant kingdom can neutralize the acidity gently, safely, and effectively.
This recipe is reputed to be excellent for restoring strength and tone to the stomach and building a healthy digestion.The Chinese claim it is especially good during the cold weather as well as it has a warming and comforting effect on the stomach and is felt all through out the entire system.

Remedy for a healthy digestion
1/2 cup white rice in flat bowl. Pour enough water to barely to cover the rice.
Let stand over night to absorb the water, in the morning if any water is still standing in the bowl, drain it.
Put the rice in a dry frying pan, gradually heat till the pan is hot,using a spatula, keep turning the rice so it does not burn. When it is parched,dry and golden brown, put it in a glass jar. cap tightly against moisture.

Bring 1 cup water to boil, add 1 tsp. of parched rice and a small piece of ginger root.
Boil for a minute, turn of burner, let stand for 5 minutes. Strain, take 1 teacupful once to 2 times a day.


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