Through research and interpretation of the Qur’an, Hadith, and Islamic traditions the `Ulema have found we have been blessed by Allah (SWT), through the Quran and prophets who have given us knowledge to combat different diseases with natural herbal and holistic medicines (Worlddialogue.net,2014).

‘ALLAH DID NOT CREATE ANY ILLNESS WITHOUT ALSO CREATING THE REMEDY, EXCEPT DEATH (OLD AGE). ALLAH (SWT) SAID THAT HE WHO LIVES BY THE QURAN WILL HAVE A LONG LIFE.’

One of the many herbs mentioned to us in the Quran, which has a profound positive impact on our health, disease prevention and cure is indeed Ginger.

Surat Al – Insan (76:17)

“And they will be given to drink a cup whose mixture is of ginger; from a fountain within
paradise named salsabeel.”

Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimullah) said that eating ginger warms up the body, helps with digestion, helps produce more saliva and cures nausea. Ginger eases indigestion and flatulence by expelling the build up of gasses in the stomach and intestines. Drinking ginger tea provides the elderly with energy and strength. Ginger also helps balance the stomach after eating fruit and it also refreshes breath. 

Ginger has been used both as a food and medicine since ancient times. Not only was in mentioned in the Quran, but Confucius wrote about it in his Analects, the greek physician, Dioscorides, listed ginger as an antidote to poisoning, as a digestive and as being warming to the stomach. The Talmud and the bible all mention ginger. It is said that one pound of ginger in the 13th and 14th century in England was worth the same as a sheep (Braun and Cohen, 2010).

Ginger – Botanical Name (Zingiber Officinale Roscoe)

Main health benefits include

Anti-Emetic – Nausea – A systematic review of 24 controlled trials showed that ginger effectively treats vomiting in pregnancy and its effectiveness in postoperative nausea and vomiting, chemo induced nausea and motion sickness (better than placebo). One capsule of ginger (0.5 g’s of powder) twice daily is identical in efficacy to treatment with 50mg dimenhydrinate twice daily.

Anti-Ulcer Activity– Inhibits gastric lesions by 97.5% and inhibits the growth of H.Plyori the major cause of ulcer.

Gastrointestinal Activity – Stimulates the flow of saliva, bile and gastric secretions, and is therefore traditionally used to stimulate appetite, reduce flatulence and colic, gastrointestinal spasms and generally act as a digestive aid. Used as a calmative to smooth muscle in the Gut, Anti-Spasmodic.

Glycaemic response– Improves insulin sensitivity resulting in a reduction in high glucose levels.

Dysmenorrhea – GingerInhibits thromboxane synthetase and activates endorphin receptors = less painful periods. 250mg capsule 4 times daily for 3-days from start of menstrual period is just as effective as 400mg ibuprofen or 250mg of mefenamic acid (Ponstan).

Cold and flu – Ginger is a circulatory stimulant. It dilates blood vessels near surface of skin and can reduce fever in colds and flu by stimulating perspiration.  – Flu Brew – Boil up one litre of water containing knob of ginger (sliced), a couple of cloves of garlic (crushed), ¾ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and the juice of two lemons for 30 minutes. Strain off mug-full and add teaspoon of manuka honey, stir and sip whilst very warm.

Migraines – Ginger is used to prevent and treat migraine headaches. Its ability to inhibit thromboxane A2 and exert antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and gastric actions makes it a theoretically attractive choice.

Recipe – Ginger root tea

  • 4 cups of water
  • Fresh Ginger – 2 inch piece peeled and slices
  • Honey 4 Tsp
  • Lemon – 4 slices

Place ginger slices and water in a saucepan and bring to boiling point. Turn off heat, cover with lid and leave it to infuse for 15-20mins.

Strain the infusion into mugs and serve with honey and lemon slices.

Benefits are manifold, great for colds, itchy throats, headaches, migraines and nausea.

Green Din Ginger by Yash.

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