The root, called the rhizome, is the part that is used. First and foremost considered a digestive tonic.
Of ten used for gas and colic situations. Contains proteolytic enzyme zingibain which helps to break down proteins and aids in the digestive process. Most commonly used for all sorts of nausea used for some types of migraines or cold type asthma.
Ginger can also be used topically as a stimulant for external circulation. It acts as a useful diaphoretic, helping to promote perspiration.
For horses it is easier to use the powdered form or make into a drench. Crystallized Ginger is used as candy and should not be fed to animals because it is too rich in sugars. Large amounts ingested at one time may cause a burning sensation in the stomach. Use in small mounts with pregnant animals. Should be avoided if there is indication of stomach ulcers.
Great Stocking Stuffer Idea: Cut Ginger into thin slices and add to a honey jar. Makes a wonderful honey for those cold wintery days. Wrap in a ribbon and give as a homemade gift.
Sources: Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine, Edited by Allen M. Schoen and Susan G. Wynn, Mosby, Inc. 1998. The New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann, Element Books Limited, 1991.