The cultivation of ginger root started in South Asia, but has since been introduced to East Africa and the Caribbean. It is used in several countries for medicinal purposes. Ginger root is recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used to help morning sickness and motion sickness in the United States. It is used as a digestive stimulant to help with stomach aches in Peru. It contains antiseptic properties. Ginger root is used around the world for several purposes. As with most herbs, it is best to consult a health care professional before use. Large doses or prolonged use may not be safe for everyone.