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Jacob Lori
Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 20:52:   

My name is Jacob Lori and I would like to ask about the qualities of ginger root in Chinese medicine. Are there any contra indications and what is the recommended daily dose.
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 13:07:   

Ginger root (Sheng Jiang in Chinese) Is considered acrid and hot in its energetical properties. It is mostly used for Wind-Cold patterns which roughly parallel conditions of catching the cold, the flu, coughing up of clear sputum etc. It is also used when there is an aversion to wind and cold, especially in general weakness with fear of cold. Its recommended daily dose, which usually goes with other herbs for a specific disorder, is between 3-9 gr. The dried herb, Gan Jiang in Chinese, is used for internal cold patterns. These patterns arise from within the body due to weak kidney Qi, blood deficiency and the like - in contrast with the previous Wind-Cold which comes as an exogenous pathogen.

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