Your gut controls the functions of your immune system by a whopping 70%! Ginger Root is probably the best digestive and carminative herb employed today. Ginger Root is the catalyst which turns what would otherwise be an ordinary colon formula into the best formula available. While ginger is not a laxative per se, it increases peristalsis by toning the intestinal muscle. However, it’s greatest achievements are probably found in its ability to improve digestion and prevent nausea, gas and bloating. Ginger also assists digestion through the action of its endogenous enzymes and second by stimulating bile flow. It improves circulation, especially in the periphery. Its circulatory and digestive action improves the effectiveness of the other herbs. Ginger stimulates saliva production which can be helpful with dry coughs. Ginger exerts an anti-inflammatory action in bronchitis. It also works to cleanse the bowel and promote perspiration. Ginger is a warming herb with several effects that make it a useful herb with widespread application. It provokes a cleansing sweat, and this effect, along with its properties as an expectorant, make it an ideal herb for bronchial infections. It is very widely used in mild gastrointestinal infections. It is also used to control nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. A study published in the prestigious British medical journal THE LANCET found ginger more effective than dramamine in preventing nausea associated with motion sickness. It has vasodilating properties and is widely used to increase circulation to the extremes when this is impaired. In short, ginger is most often used when a warming agent is required, especially when its expectorant properties or its calming effect on the gastrointestinal system would be beneficial, or as an aid to increase peripheral circulation.