Traditional herbal therapy has been used by people of many different cultures for ages to address a wide range of health issues. In spite of all the progress that has been made in medicine and technology in recent decades, there has been an increase in the demand for herbal medicines all over the world.
A common way to consume ginseng, a medicinal herb, is in the form of a tea made from steeped roots or a powder made by drying the roots. It is widely used in TCM for its anti-inflammatory, cognitive, and vitality-enhancing properties.
In the same family as ginger, you’ll find turmeric (Curcuma longa). Though it has been around for thousands of years, turmeric’s powerful anti-inflammatory effects are only now getting the recognition they deserve. For its medicinal benefits, turmeric relies primarily on curcumin. Potential uses include alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, and metabolic syndrome.
The use of ginger in cooking and as a medicinal herb is frequent. It’s useful for therapeutic purposes when prepared as a tea or a capsule, but you can consume it fresh or dried. It’s been used to treat anything from the common cold to motion sickness to migraines to hypertension for centuries because of the wide range of therapeutic components it contains.