Although not related to culinary Ginger, the oddly beautiful Wild Ginger plant shares its spicy nature. Its main indication is when some part of the body is dry or congested, as it stimulates the secretion of fluids from all over the body, from sweat and saliva to urine and sometimes even tear ducts.<p>
Wild Ginger can be very useful alone or in combination with Mugwort at the onset of a cold or other respiratory infection, or in cases where the “coming down with something” phase drags on and the body’s defenses of cleansing through sweating and fever will not mobilize.
In much the same way, it will stimulate crampy or sluggish menses, or to promote the eruption and consequent healing of measles or chicken pox. Wild Ginger should be avoided in pregnancy.