Last Updated: March 13, 2024

Ginger is a spice that has traditionally been treated as medicine in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, doses of 1-3g can reduce nausea and ease digestion quite effectively; superloading the powdered rhizome at 10-15g daily might increase testosterone.

Ginger is most often used for

What are other names for Ginger?
Note that Ginger is also known as:
  • Zingiber officinale Roscoe
  • Zingiberaceae
Ginger should not be confused with:
  • Curcumin (other bioactive of the Zingiberaceae family)
Dosage information

Typically, dosages of 1-3g are used as a preventative treatment for nausea. This applies to morning sickness in pregnancy, motion sickness, and sometimes chemotherapy or operation-induced nausea.

For other usages of ginger, 1g is typically used. This seems to be effective for increasing intestinal motility, but was insufficient in reducing blood glucose in the one study attempting it.

For testosterone boosting, a supplement is probably advised. The dosage used in rats, after conversion to humans based on Body Surface Area, equates to about 14g from natural sources (usually less of an extract percentage than is possible with supplements).

Ginger can be ingested via several ways, and the following is an approximate standardization table for 1g of Ginger Extract:[1]

  • A capsule that has 1g ginger extract in it
  • A teaspoon of fresh, grated, rhizome (the vertical aspect of ginger root)
  • 2 droppers (2mL) of liquid extract
  • 2 teaspoons (10mL) of syrup
  • 4 cups (8 oz each) ginger tea, steeping 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger for 5–10 min
  • 8-oz cup ginger ale, made with real ginger
  • 2 pieces crystallized ginger, each 1 inch square, 1/4 inch thick

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