Ginger, A Much-favored Ingredient in Summer
There is an old saying, “Eat more radish in winter and ginger in summer, you will not need doctor’s prescriptions.” Ginger is a much-favored ingredient in Chinese cuisine, and Li Shizhen, a great pharmacologist in China’s Ming Dynasty, spoke highly of the medicinal effect of ginger in his master work Compendium of Materia Medica.
As an ingredient, ginger smells spicy and fragrant. When cooked with dishes like chicken, duck, fish, and prawn, it can remove the fishy smell, stimulate the appetite, and add freshness and sweetness to the dish. As ginger has spicy fragrance and contains gingerol and essential oil, it is of high edible and medicinal values. Traditional Chinese medicine holds that due to the outflow of yang qi in human body during the summer and the stomach is relatively cold, it is beneficial to eat some ginger in summertime. What’s more, ginger is effective in preventing and curing some common susceptible diseases. The following is a brief introduction:
Mouth ulcer - Gargle with ginger juice or hot ginger juice two or three times a day, and the mouth ulcer could be cured after six to nine times.
Acute enteritis – Cut 120g of ginger into slices, dip in 30g of rice wine, and rub the four limbs with the ginger slices until the four limbs turn hot. Do it two or three times a day, and the acute enteritis could be cured after three to five days.
Food poisoning – Squeeze 30g of ginger into juice, add 30g of black sugar, and take the liquor after diluting them with warm water.
Atherosclerosis – Gargling with hot ginger juice every morning and night and drinking a glass of hot ginger water before sleep every night could accelerate blood circulation. And sticking to the practice for several years could not only effectively prevent atherosclerosis but also preserve one’s health.
Drunken – Drinking hot ginger soup could accelerate blood circulation and digest the alcohol in the body. It would be of better effect to relieve or eliminate drunkenness if appropriate amount of honey is added into the hot ginger.
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