Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Medicinal Herbs - Ginger for cancer therapy

Substance called 6-Shagaol in ginger are also considered able to kill other cancer cells including cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a plant rhizomes (like roots, the stem and in the soil) is very popular as a spice and medicinal materials. Rhizome-shaped fingers bulging at the middle sections. Dominant spicy flavor due to ketones named zingeron.

Stem ginger is a pseudo-stem with a height of 30 to 100 cm. Its roots form rhizomes with roots flesh-colored to reddish yellow with pungent smell.

Pinnate leaves with a length of 15 to 23 mm and a length of 8 to 15 mm. Petiole fluffy.

Flowers grow out of the ground ginger oval with a length of 3.5 to 5 cm and a width of 1.5 to 1.75 cm.

Peduncle scales of 5 to 7 pieces. Flowers yellowish green. Lips flowers and purple anthers. Pistil stalk numbered two.

Ginger including tribe Zingiberaceae (Intersection-finding). The scientific name given by William Roxburgh ginger from the Greek word zingiberi, from Sanskrit, singaberi.

Ginger is thought to have originated from India. But some who believe the ginger comes from the People's Republic of China Southern. From India, ginger as a spice trade brought to Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and the Middle East.

Then in the days of colonialism, ginger can provide a warm and spicy flavor to food soon became a popular commodity in Europe. Ginger is known as one of the many herbs that are also used in Indonesian cuisine.

The existence of local names for ginger in various parts of Indonesia shows ginger spread all over Indonesia. Because ginger can only survive in the tropics, planting can be done only in equatorial regions such as Southeast Asia, Brazil and Africa. Currently, Ecuador and Brazil become the world's largest supplier of ginger.

Ginger is proven to kill prostate cancer cells 

During this ginger is known as one of the spice that gives many benefits for health. An interesting study that is written in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that whole foods that contain ginger extract proved useful to kill cancer cells, especially cells of prostate cancer in men.

Research reported by the care2.com explains that ginger contains a compound called phytonutrients (phytonutrients). Phytonutrients is 240% more effective in killing cancer cells compared with a mixture of chemicals that have been used to fight prostate cancer.


Ginger is also found to contain the drug betamethasone and ibuprofen for treatment of osteoarthritis and as an anti-inflammatory medications.

An earlier study written in the British Journal of Nutrition found that ginger contains beneficial antioxidants to destroy free radicals that can provoke the onset of cancer.

Ginger, proven to kill blood cancer cells (leukemia) 

One of these benefits of ginger is a cancer drug that can destroy prostate cancer cells. However, recently researchers have also found other benefits of ginger, which kills cancer cells of blood (leukemia).

Research conducted in China in November 2013 revealed that 6-shogaol substances in ginger has the ability to cause cell death (apoptosis) in cancer cells in human blood. Interestingly, this substance kills cancer cells without affecting other cells that are still healthy.


Substance called 6-shogaol is also suspected to be able to kill other cancer cells including cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. The most amazing, this substance successfully kill cancer cells of blood without causing any side effects, as reported by the Daily Health Post (1/28/14).

In various studies conducted to look for alternative medicine in curing cancer, substance 6-shogaol showed great ability and the best among all.

The most important thing is this substance does not cause collateral damage to normal cells as well as cancer medication or treatment in the form of chemotherapy or radiation.

However, researchers still need a lot of research to make these substances can be widely used and marketed.

Researchers also plan to do experiments on humans first. For the benefit of ginger, you can use it in cooking or making it as a beverage.

Keep in mind also, that ginger has been used as a medicine in human civilization for over 5000 years ago. Mixed with warm ginger tea or brew could also be an option for a healthy body and prevent cancer. Hopefully this info is useful.

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