It is that time of year when we need to armor ourselves against colds and specifically sore throats.  Even in yoga class where the healthiest of us hang out, coughs, sneezes and other mucus clearings of their own kind abound. The ancient Chinese believed that ginger provides relief to sore throats. Whereas science does not speak to ginger as a cure for a sore throat, studies show that it is is anti-inflammatory and kills bacteria. There is no purer way to reap the benefits of ginger than to down a shot! Early in the season, about two months ago, I came down with a terribly sore throat. One round of antibiotics gave me a week of relief and then I was hit again with searing pain and clear signs of infection. The doctor prescribed me another round  of drugs, penicillin. A similar thing happened after the second treatment. I experienced relative relief but still nagging discomfort and let's just say, to much moistness back there. It was only when I did a pure ginger shot, that my throat felt truly healed (I will warn you that swallowing it felt like taking a flame down my throat). My glands and tonsils finally shrunk, the pain subsided and the incessant post-nasal drip disappeared, indicating that perhaps the bacteria killing properties work after all. Though science hasn't proven yet that ginger alone can cure a serious bacterial infection of the throat, sometimes we have to suspend our disbelief and go alternative. Though my first round of antibiotics might have been a must, I would have preferred to have tried the natural remedy before again putting my system through the onslaught of harsh drugs.