Ginger (姜 jiāng, traditional 薑)
Ginger's warmth (Yang) makes it invaluable in combating ailments caused or created through internal or external cold (Yin). It is of great benefit to the stomach and spleen, eases abdominal pains in women, relieves paralysed limbs and painful joints, aids the digestive organs, cures colds, diarrhoea, poor menstruation and nausea, expels worms, and may be used both extensively internally and externally in the fight against cancer.
Ginger sweets (姜糖 Jiāng táng, traditional 薑糖)
Mix some ginger with honey and form into balls about the size of the nail of your little finger. Chew one ball before meals.
Ginger tea (姜茶 Jiāng chá, traditional 薑茶)
Add half a teaspoonful of ginger powder to one pint of boiling water and boil for fifteen to twenty minutes. Add honey or soya sauce to taste.
Roasted ginger (炒姜 chǎo jiāng, traditional 炒畺)
Ginger powder can be dry-fried, and, once it has become crispy and changed colour, it can be made into a tea (see previous recipe), or applied to bleeding open sores, to stop the bleeding.
Ginger oil (姜油 jiāng yóu, traditional 薑油)
You can either purchase this ready prepared, or obtain it by squeezing ginger root. Put one drop in the mouth and swallow slowly. This will tend to break up the phlegm in the throat and will ease constipation. Swallow three or four drops a day.
Ginger compress (姜膏药 jiāng gāoyao, traditional 薑膏藥)
Put four ounces of ginger powder into a small muslin bag and tie the top (or you can use sliced fresh root Ginger in which case you don't need the bag). Drop into four pints of boiling water, and boil for twenty minutes. Every now and then squeeze the bag with a wooden spoon, so that as much as possible of the ginger is extracted. Leave the bag in the water.
Take a cloth or napkin, dip it into the ginger water, and apply it to the painful area of the body. As it tends to cool off fairly quickly, dip it back into the water, squeeze out, and apply again. Repeat this every three or four minutes, applying the compress for a total of fifteen minutes.
Don't throw the water away, but use it over and over again; and when it has all gone make yourself a fresh lot. This can be used externally for cancer, stomach pains and cramps, appendicitis, piles, leprosy, rheumatism, arthritic joints, and sterility in women.