The fresh rhizome of Zingiber officipiale (Wilid.) Rosc., family Zingiberaceae.
irregular masses, somewhat compressed, with finger like branches. Surface
light yellow to yellow-borwn, with annular nodes. Fracture surface slightly
yellow and fleshy, with prominent endodermal rings. Acrid in taste, slightly
warm in nature, and attributive to lung and spleen channels.
1. Induce sweating to expel the exogenous evils from the body surface:
For common cold of wind-cold type.
2. Warm the lung to relieve cough: For cough of wind~old type.
3. Warm the middle-jiao to stop vomiting: For vomiting and abdominal pain
due to stomach cold; for vomiting due to stomach-heat, used together with
Rhizoma Coptidis, Caulis Bambusae in Taenuim, etc.
4. Detoxication: For poisoning of fish, crab, Rhizoma Pinelliae and Rhizoma
Arisaematis. For preventing the poisoning of the materials mentioned above,
Zingiberis Recens should be cooked with fish and crab, and prepared together
with Pinelhae and Arisaematis.
Oral administration can stimulate the buccal mucosa and gastric mucosa,
and accelerate the secretion of digestive juice, so as to promote appetite.
2. Relieving unusual intestinal fermentation and promoting the gas exhaustion
3. The mixture of its active components, zingiberol and shogaol, exerts
an antiemetic effect.
4. Stimulating respiration center and vasomotor center and accelerating
the blood circulation, and promoting diaphoresis and raising blood pressure.