Ginger consists of the dried rhizomes of Zingiber officinale (Fam. Zingiberacece), an herb native to Hindustan, but cultivated in all subtropical countries. It owes its activity to an aromatic volatile oil and to a pungent resin.

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Ginger is used as a pleasant aromatic carminative, especially in mild cases of flatulency. Dose, 0.5 Gm.

Official preparations containing Zingiber are: the Extract, Fluidextract, Aromatic Fluidextract, Oleoresin, Syrup, and Tincture. It is also a constituent of Pulvis Aromaticum, and Pulvis Rhei Compositus.