This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Zingiber, Ginger. A stimulant, diaphoretic, and an anodyne in gastric and intestinal pain. A teaspoonful of the tincture in a cup of hot water is a more valuable and certainly less harmful emergency stimulant than is whiskey or brandy. Smaller doses (tr., 10 to 20 I.) are useful in flatulent colic and atonic gastric states. As a diaphoretic, it is used in the early stages of a cold with better results than with alcoholic stimulants. Give hot ginger tea and quinine, and cover warmly in bed.