It may be difficult to believe that a plant has so many diverse properties and medicinal values combined with the properties of a spice. Next to black pepper, ginger is the most widely cultivated and used spice around the globe. Ginger is also the only spice that is extensively used in the manufacture of a variety of sweetmeats and soft drinks. For the Indians it is the Mahaoushadha and Vishwa Bheshaja—the great cure and the universal medicine, respectively. For the Chinese, it is invaluable as a cure for a variety of illnesses and maladies. Ginger also forms part of the traditional local medical practices of all the ginger-growing countries. Further studies are needed for the validation of the uses to which ginger is currently put, and perhaps new products and new usages may emerge in the years to come.
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