Top Incredible Health Benefits of Finger Root

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  • Did you know that finger root is one of the world’s most well-known plants, being used for centuries as a medicinal plant?
  • Did you know that the rhizome of finger root is helpful for people with erectile dysfunction, and low sperm counts?

Finger root is a vital ingredient used as a condiment. Traditionally, it is used for the treatment of various diseases, such a tonic for childbirth, preventive medication for leucorrhea, and beauty aid for girls. It is also used to cure infections.  Finger root benefits include preventing infection of Helicobacter pylori (1).

The oil from the roots exhibits anti-Helicobacter activities. A study shows that Finger root has high inhibitory activity against B.cereus, L.monocytogenes, and S. Aureus. Amoeba causes chronic and acute diarrhea in patients of HIV. It has inhibitory activity against Giardia lamblia, which causes giardiasis that is the inflammation of the small intestine leading to nutrient deficiencies and diarrhea. The extract could be used as a mouthwash or applied to toothpaste to prevent tooth decay and dental caries.

In addition:

  • Finger root is used for the treatment of ulcers in Indonesia as well as Thailand.
  • The methanolic extract in it provides an antiulcer effect and has pinostrobin that exhibits protective effects on gastric cells.
  • Finger root contributes to improvement in serum lipid profiles and a reduction in fatty liver.
  • Using Finger root for weight loss is very common because of its low caloric value.
  • The current researches have found that Zingiber aromaticum and Finger root can inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells and breast cancer cells(2).
  • The rhizome of Finger root has antileukemic activity and possess five flavonoid derivatives, that could inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  • Finger root oil has ethanolic extracts that help to expedite the wound healing process.
  • It also helps get rid of scars. It prevents mitiga, as well.

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Finger Root Nutrition

Finger root has high levels of boesenbergia, krachai zin, panduratin, and pinostrobin. The aroma components are camphor, borneol- and methyl cinnamate. Trace components include d-pinene, zingiberene, curcumin, zedoarin, and some others. The antioxidant compounds are 5-hydroxy-7-methoxyflavanone, panduratin A, 5,7-dihydroxyflavanone, and 4-hydroxypanduratin A. These compounds exert neuroprotective effects.

1. Finger Root Tea For Weight Loss

Finger Root Tea
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The ingredients are

  • Two tablespoons of finger root (fresh and raw)
  • One to Two cups water
  • One to two tablespoons of honey or agave nectar
  • One tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. First, prepare the fresh finger root by peeling and slicing it thinly.
  2. Boil the ginger in water for about 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier taste, allow it to boil for 20 minutes, and use more slices of finger root.
  3. Remove it from the heat and add the lime juice and honey for sweet taste and enjoy finger root tea.

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2. Lime And Finger Root Drizzle Bread For Inflammation In Uterus

The ingredients are

  • 200g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g of caster sugar
  • Four limes
  • Three large eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • One rounded tsp ground ginger
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • Three balls stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp stem ginger syrup
  • chopped finger root


  1. Heat oven to 180C.
  2. Butter and line the base of a 900g loaf tin with a strip of baking parchment.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale, light, and fluffy.
  4. Grate the zest from the limes and add to this mixture.
  5. Slowly add the eggs, mixing well.
  6. Sift together flour, baking powder, finger root, and a pinch of salt.
  7. Using a large spoon, fold into the cake mixture with the coconut and chopped finger root.
  8. Add the milk and juice from 2 limes and mix until smooth.
  9. Spoon the mixture into prepared tin and spread level using a palette knife.
  10. Bake the bread for 1 hr, or until golden brown – a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Cool the cake in the tin for 10-15 mins.
  12.  Use a wooden skewer to make holes all over the top of the cake. Meanwhile, mix the remaining lime juice with the granulated sugar and the stem ginger syrup. Slowly pour the sugar mixture over the top of the warm cake and leave in the tin until completely cold. Top with the chopped finger root to serve.

Finger Root has some side effects. It may cause heartburn, diarrhea, and stomach discomfort. It can lead to heavier menstrual periods. Skin irritation may also occur if applied on the skin.

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Finger root has a lot of nutritious constituents. It has high levels of antioxidants and low levels of calories. It can strengthen the immunity against various bacteria like H.pylori and G.lambia. It prevents gastric infections in HIV patients. It also prevents tooth decay and has antiulcer properties. Studies have been conducted to show its potential to prevent the occurrence of leukemia. However, it may cause stomach problems when used in excess. Skin irritation is also a common symptom after topical use.

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1. How do you grow finger roots?

Fill a shallow, wide plant pot with fertile, well-draining potting soil. Place the finger root with the bud pointing up and cover it with 1-2 inches of soil. Water it lightly. Place the pot in a place that stays warm and doesn’t get a lot of intense light.

2. How much fingerroot is safe?

Doctors recommend using a maximum of 3–4 grams of finger root per day. If you’re pregnant, don’t use more than 1 gram of it. However, make sure to consult your doctor first.

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