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A Hot Time In The Old Dungeon Tonight: The Basics of Figging

Author: Norische

Filed in: how-to, health and safety, figging, torture, history

A moan escapes as her tongue darts out and moistens her quickly drying lips. Her delicate hands clench and unclench with frustration; she wiggles her fingers furiously as she tries to rid herself of some of the building energy coursing through her body. Spread eagle and cuffed to the horse she is helpless to defend herself from the illusive demon that is burning its way through her body. I watch as she turns her head from side to side, fighting the inner turmoil; knowing that slowly the demon is winning, knowing the fire is taking over. Her skin begins to glow as she sweats, but her body trembles as if she is chilled. Another moan. A whimper. The clock ticks by. She struggles with her bindings to no avail. Another tick of the clock. She clenches her ass; a shiver runs down her spine, as the demon takes a firm hold. She wiggles her bottom in attempt to shake the evil burn, but to no avail. Finally it happens, "Please! Please Mistress! Help Me!" she begs. The ginger has done its job. Now it is my turn to do mine. I walk over to my helpless victim, and gently touch her skin; lightly, very lightly, as if to simply hint at my presence. The touch of my fingers sends a new wave of shivers through her body. My nails rake down her spine, following the shivers as they hit, her back bows and she strains against her bindings. I reach over and pick up my paddle, oh how she hates this lovely gem; but at this moment, at this very moment, my weapon of choice is her very best friend. I raise my arm and pause, waiting for the burn to build, as her bottom begins to clench and unclench I know, NOW! SMACK! The sound of leather slapping against skin echoes through the dungeon. SMACK! She strains, pushing her bottom up to meet my swing. Again and again the sound echoes, soon it is joined by moans, whimper, and cries of pleasure. "PLEASE, PLEASE MAY I CUM?!?!?" I reach up and entwine my fingers in her hair, pulling her head back to meet me, I whisper in her ear "CUM!" She screams as the power of the orgasms is released throughout her body. She strains against her chains, helpless to free herself. Her back bows and her body trembles, as wave after wave of passion escapes. Finally she collapses, limp, exhausted. Her eyes closed, her breath coming in exhausted pants. I unwind my fingers from her hair and pick up her blanket, I gently place it over her, and the contact of the blanket starts a wave of electric aftershocks. Exhausted she flies somewhere beyond my reach; cocooned within the passion, the pain and the demon burn of the ginger. Even from the dark depths of her safe place a smile reaches up and touches her lips, a contented purr escapes and a well-satisfied slave slips into sleep, cuffed to a leather bound horse in the depths of my dungeon.

Ginger, aphrodisiac and torture device all rolled into one convenient, easy to use package.

History of Ginger

The word ginger comes from the ancient Sanskrit singabera, meaning 'shaped like a horn'. The plant is indigenous to southern China, from whence it has spread to the Spice Islands and other parts of Asia, and subsequently to West Africa and to the Caribbean. India is now the main producer and exporter. Extracts of ginger are used in foods, condiments, baked confections, candies, beverages, cosmetics and perfumes. It is common to find it in many supermarkets for use in food preparation or as an herbal medicine. China produces a ginger, which is particularly suited for confectionery, whereas Japanese ginger lacks the typical aroma.

As early as the fifth century B.C., in the Orient there are several references to the wonders of ginger, ranging from its known medicinal uses to its hidden secret, that of an aphrodisiac. It was a staple in the diet of Confucius; and was put in the tombs of the royal dead for afterlife nourishment. Until recently, it was tacked to the doors of Chinese homes where a baby had been absorb any bad character traits that might come walking in to visit. It first appeared in the writings of Confucius in the 5th century BC and it has been used medicinally in the West for at least 2000 years.

For centuries ginger has been used in a wide varieties of ways. There are references dating back to the King Arthur and the Round Table, noting the belief that ginger would make one more viral, manlier perhaps. In Europe, young maidens baked and ate ginger bread men believing the ritual would bring them a husband. It wasn't until centuries later that ginger bread took on its sweet and tasty nature present today. In the 1700's ginger jam was found on almost every table, used as a preventative for improper and embarrassing flatulence.

The use of ginger within the BDSM realm did not actually become popular until the Victorian era. Individuals that were about to suffer public floggings or canings, would be given ginger suppositories to make their torment just a little more extreme. The burn of the ginger would actually help prevent an individual from clenching his or her bottom; each time they clenched their buttocks the burn of the ginger would be increased exponentially. Corporal punishment took on a whole new meaning.

Within the animal kingdom, ginger based salve was frequently used with show horses, as a means of encouraging them to keep their tails held high in the air while in parade formation.

Medicinal Aspects of Ginger

The key constituents of ginger (zingiber officinale) are volatile oils, oleoresin, phenol, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, linoleic acid, starch, lignin, vegeto matter, asmazone, acetic acid, acetate of potassa, and sulfur. The primary nutrients are calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorus, potassium, protein, sodium, vitamins A, B and C.

In the 1700's people would eat ginger with their meal as a curative for heartburn, upset stomach, gas or diarrhea. Ginger has been used for centuries to aid with morning sickness; a word of caution should be given, excessive use of ginger may affect the hormonal balance of the fetus. Ginger has been used as a punitive and as a stimulant both. With its diuretic properties it is used to encourage sweating and is believed to help rid one of poisons and fevers. It is also is an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warms tissue externally) and diaphoretic, it can also help to lower cholesterol levels & reduces the risk of heart disease & stroke, it also assists in lowering the blood pressure. The high levels of calcium and potassium were believed to help aid in the prevention of brittle bones.

This pungent root has been used for centuries, both internally and externally, throughout Asia and India as a powerful aphrodisiac. To combat impotency Indian herbalists recommend eating a mixture of ginger juice, honey and half-boiled eggs. While Arabic recipes call for pulped ginger root to be rubbed over the sexual organs before sex. Because ginger increases circulation, it improves sensitivity to your body\'s erogenous zones, and engorges certain areas when applied directly. Ginger may be used virginally and anally without any long-term irritation, one method of entertainment is to put a paste of fresh pulp just inside the orifice of choice and then proceed with love making, the burn of the ginger will spread to both partners and multiply the pleasure for all involved. One good thing about ginger is that once it is removed from the area, the burn will be completely gone within minutes.


Figging, an unusual form of play or torture depending on how you look at it, which has unfortunately been ignored for far too long. When I began researching this interesting topic I found that there were less than a handful of articles on Figging, and to be honest I find that to be quite a shame. Most of the writings I found focused on ginger being inserted into the anus to help prevent the sub/slave from clenching his or her buttocks together. Each time the victim clenches their buttocks they find the ginger causes an intense burning sensation, which can be mildly unpleasant. I did find one reference that discussed the use of ginger within the vagina, and inserted within the urethra of the penis as well, both of these processes create a burning sensation that sets ones passion on fire. Also ginger can be made into a paste and spread directly on the clitoris, this action will drive the recipient wild. One article mentioned creating a small dough ball about the size of a medium sized marble, using your finger push in one side of the ball to create a cup of sorts. Now take ginger and fill the indention, and place the ball over the clitoris, ginger side down of course. Mold the dough until you get a reasonable fit, don't worry it wont stay secure for long, but it will stay there long enough.

Preparation Of The Ginger

Ginger in its natural state is sold in "hand", as it somewhat resembles one. The protuberances from the hand are called fingers. When choosing your ginger you should look for the largest hand you can find, and make sure that it is firm. You do not want ginger that has dried out, or is too soft, you want it firm and fresh…it should have a rich lemony smell about it, if it has dried too much then it may not have the aroma present. Keep the entire hand in a cool, dry place until you are ready to use it, it is best to use ginger when it is fresh so don't wait too long.

When you are ready to use the ginger, start by washing the hand in cool water, removing all dirt and foreign bodies. Now choose a finger of the hand and make your first cut. Unless the fingers are very long, you will want to avoid cutting the finger at the joint. Remove the finger by cutting along into the palm of the hand, you will want the finger to be about 4 inches in length and about between ½ to ¾ inches in width. Now using a paring knife to remove the skin from the finger, ginger is fibrous so sometimes it will take a little time and care to prepare. Try not to remove too much of the meat when you are skinning the finger.

Now that you have skinned the finger, you will need to carefully carve a concave area around the finger. This will act as a retention device, similar to a butt plug where the sphincter will lock around the tapered portion of the plug. Approximately two thirds of the ways down the shaft of the finger take and make a ring no more than half an inch wide, make sure not to cut to deep you don't want to risk the finger breaking at an inopportune moment. You don't need a very deep ring for it to be held in place. Use a vegetable peeler or a pruning knife to smooth out any ruff edges. After you have completed this final step rinse the ginger off in cold water. You are now ready to utilize this wonderful toy.


Have your slave/sub tied down securely before you get started. One position I like is spread eagle face down with a pillow under the stomach. You will want to have them secured in a comfortable position, one that they can maintain for 20 to 40 minutes.

With ginger you do not use lubricant, instead simply dip the ginger in cold water. If you use lubricant it will form a sealant and prevent some of the effects that you are wanting, and besides the cold water will make the ginger slick enough for this purpose. Take your time and be gentle, you do not wish to do any injury to this tender flesh. When inserting the ginger make sure you get it up to the ring and let the anus close around the ginger.

Now find a comfortable chair and wait for the show to begin. With ginger the burning sensation will take a minute or two to become evident, but when it does, it will be very evident. Depending on the sensitivity of the slave/sub and the strength of the ginger the reactions should start in a few minutes, everyone reacts differently, some more than others. Some find it to be barely more than a mild irritation while others find it almost unbearable. The burn of the ginger normally last about 20 - 30 minutes, about 10 minutes into this experience the aphrodisiac properties of this little wonder will start. After about 30 minutes the effects of the ginger will diminish quite rapidly, one good thing about ginger is that no matter how strong the reaction is, the effects are short lived and leaves no lasting damage. For added sadist pleasure you can drip fresh ginger juice on the clitoris, this will multiply the sexual frustration dramatically.

If you have a male you may also use ginger, it makes a great addition to CBT. Simply julienne the ginger in a strip about ¼ inch in diameter, make sure to smooth out any sharp edges. Dip the ginger in cold water for lubrication and insert it slowly into the urethra. Make sure you leave plenty of ginger sticking out, to make removal easier. This reaction is immediate and intense, so be prepared to remove the ginger quickly if necessary. Once the ginger is removed the sensation drops dramatically, give the slave/sub a moment to catch his breath and start again.

Aging Ginger

Ginger is quite strong when used fresh, however there is a little secret about ginger, it gets stronger when aged properly. After your initial of the hand of ginger, take the remaining portions of the ginger and put it in a ziplock bag, put it in the refrigerator and forget about it for a few days. After about a week or so check the baggy, if there is condensation on the outside of the bag you are on first base, once mold begins to form on the ginger you have hit a home run. If there isn't mold yet, put the ginger back in the refrigerator and give it a few more days. The mold does not hurt the ginger in any way and can easily be removed during preparation. If the ginger becomes mushy or soft then it is time to throw it away. Using this little technique will increase the potency of the ginger quite a bit, so the second time you use it on your slave/sub will be even better than the first.

Safety Issues

1. Keep hands away from eyes when working with ginger, if you do accidentally get some of the ginger in your eyes, rinse repeatedly with cool water until irritation is gone.

2. Before using ginger on anyone ask about allergies, some individual are allergic and may have a dramatic reaction.

3. If someone has very sensitive skin it is best to be safe than sorry and do a skin test on the inner arm, it is a lot easier to deal with a small rash on your arm than a big rash somewhere else.

4. If the ginger breaks off in the anus there is no need to go to the emergency room, this too shall pass. If you loose it else were you might want to seek medical help, just tell the doctor you're a gourmet chef and you forgot your apron, that should work….if not the doctor will have a good laugh at your expense.

5. If someone is having a dramatic response to the ginger, simply washing the area will lessen the burn and given a few minutes the burn will be gone completely.

6. If there is a persistent redness or a irritating rash appears you may wish to consult medical assistance.

7. Blowing on it will not make the burn go away, so it will not help to beg your Dominant to do so.

8. Use caution when there are open wounds, it is best to avoid the possibility of infection.

I hope that you decide to explore this amazing little bundle of joy, and put that sadistic mind to good use. The only limitations are those that you set on yourself.

As with everything this is my opinion, take what you will and leave the rest. If you wish to contact me, my email address is If you wish to see more of my work you may find a complete listing of all my writings at…. in the files section.


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