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Related entry: Zingiber under stimulants

Ginger, in addition to its stimulant properties, under which class it is considered, is highly diaphoretic, and often used to fulfill this indication. In sudden colds, checked perspiration, etc., a warm infusion, taken freely, and aided by external warmth, and the hot pediluvia, exerts a very decided influence upon the cutaneous emunctories in causing sweating. It is much used in this way in domestic practice, and often with very satisfactory results. It is an excellent stimulant and carminative in flatulency, borborygmus, and spasm of the stomach and bowels, caused by eating green fruit or irritating articles of diet.

The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.