Luyang Dilaw, or Ginger Root (scientific name: Zingiber officinale) belongs to the family
of, as its scientific name signifies, Zingiberaceae. The rootstocks of this erect, smooth
plant are thick, and have strong aromatic qualities. Its edible roots, tops, and even its
leaves are found to have medicinal value. The taste of luyang dilaw is distinct, brought
about by the zingerone and shogoal substances that it has, giving the plant its pungent
properties. As an herbal medicine, Luyang Dilaw has long been used as a cold, cough, fever,
and sore throat remedy.
Ginger helps in the digestion and absorption of food, lowering of cholesterol,
alleviating nausea and vomiting. Luyang dilaw has antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and
anti-inflammatory properties as well. In the same way, it has been found to contain
potent anti-oxidant qualities, which come from the extract and active constituents of
the plant. These uses are separate and distinct from the nutritional value of luyang dilaw.
The rhizomes of luyang dilaw is mainly associated as the main ingredient in a very popular
local beverage, which is salabat. Recent studies have shown that luyang dilaw had been
found with traces of antiemetic properties. Thus, it is now being recommended to be taken
half an hour before one’s travel to avoid being travelsick and experience nausea during
the voyage. Pregnant women should take precautionary measures in taking luyang dilaw for
medicinal purposes although it has been proven that none of the plant’s substances triggers
adverse side effects, even when it interacts with other drugs. This herbal plant is not
recommended for expectant mothers for the very reason that there is a possibility of
inhibition of testosterones that binds the fetus, as a result of some of the properties
that luyang dilaw contains.
In India, ginger is widely used to reduce inflammation and pain with those with arthritis.
Researchers have found that ginger lowers pain-causing prostaglandin levels. They advise
taking 500 to 1,000 milligrams a day. The higher the intake of ginger, the greater the
Ginger also helps prevent hair loss. Pound an inch square of ginger and extract the juice.
Massage the fresh ginger juice directly on to the scalp and leave on for at least 15 minutes
before rinsing, but for best results, leave on overnight to better stimulate the hair
follicles and induce hair growth.