Benefits of Ginger
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- Anti-cancer benefits
- Appetite stimulant
- Atherosclerosis (Hardening of the arteries)
- Back pain
- Bacterial infection
- Digestive aid
- Fish poisoning antidote
- Gout (gouty arthritis)
- Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
- Headaches (migraine)
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) treatment
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Lower back pain
- Morning sickness (nausea during pregnancy)
- Motion sickness
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Stimulate pancreas
- Stomach ache
Benefits of Ginger Root
history on health benefits of ginger started with its use for helping
with digestion, gas,
nausea, coughing and diarrhea. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has
used ginger for over 2,500 years. It is commonly used as a spice in
cooking by Asians.
study completed in 1999 showed that taking ginger helped speed up
digestion by moving foods through the stomach and intestine. Another
animal study showed that it stimulated the production of digestive
from the pancreas.
The health benefits of ginger in treating nausea and vomiting,
during pregnancy is proven. However current recommendations are to
due to possible risk of miscarriage (see section below on Side
Effects, Toxicity and
to stop coughing? Consider drinking ginger tea. It makes a great home
remedy to stop coughing from a variety of causes such as the common cold and the flu. The pungent
taste helps the body reduce congestion in the throat
area. Moreover, it will also help with sore
throat from the cold or flu and toothaches.
heart disease, ginger thins the blood a little, much like what Aspirin
(ASA) does. Some experts suggest using ginger for this purpose.
The ability of
ginger to kill off harmful bacteria has led the Japanese to use it to
treat fish poisoning. As sushi (raw seafood) is consumed in Japan,
ginger could prove useful.
research studies showed that ginger can treat stomach ulcer by killing
off the bacteria H. pylori often found in stomach of those suffering
from stomach ulcers. It also protects the stomach by enhancing the
stomach's protective system against ulcer formation.
As for treating osteoarthritis,
knee and hip pain and gout the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger can
helpful in these types of arthritic conditions. In addition, it shows antioxidant
benefits in lab studies that may be helpful in slowing down the
degenerative process in arthritis. Toothache
pain can be reduced by using fresh ginger slices applied to the area or
using a mouthwash made with ginger.
well, studies done in rabbits showed that ginger can lower cholesterol
and reduce the formation of plaque formation inside blood vessels, a
condition called atherosclerosis. The health benefits of ginger in
will need to be verified in human studies.
Many research studies done in human cells suggest that
ginger might possess properties to prevent or treat cancer.The health
of ginger for curing cancer will need to be verified with human trials.
There are very
few side effects of taking ginger root. The most common reported side
effect is heartburn.
High doses of ginger (over 6 grams) may cause stomach discomfort or
pain and is suspected to cause stomach ulcers.
Experts suggest not using ginger root in those suffering from
may increase bleeding time. Avoid taking if you are on blood thinners.
Ginger is suspected to lower blood sugar levels.
What are the safety issues of using ginger root
to treat morning sickness during pregnancy?
studies show that taking ginger does help treat morning sickness
(nausea and vomiting during pregnancy). However, some concerns were
brought forward in a conference in 2002 about the risk of taking ginger
and the risk of miscarriage. Currently, experts suggest not using large
quantities of ginger during pregnancy.
under 1 gram daily is considered acceptable by some experts (as this is
the amount that can be found in typical Asian cooking).
However, the German Commission E recommends that pregnant females not
use ginger for treating morning sickness.
If you wish to use ginger for morning sickness, consult a healthcare
to Take It
- Take 250 to
500 mg of dried ginger root powder four to six times daily to help with
nausea and vomiting and arthritis pain.
- Take 2 to 4 grams of powdered ginger roots daily (divide into three
or four equal doses).
- Make ginger tea by using 10 mL of fresh grated ginger placed in 250
mL (1 cup) of boiling water. Steep
for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink slowly over one or two hours. This
formulation can be used to treat nausea, coughs, arthritis pain and to
help with digestion. It can also be used to reduce pain from a
1 to 2 grams
of powdered ginger root is equal to 10 grams (1/3 oz) of fresh ginger.
250 mL (1 cup) of prepared ginger tea has about 250 mg of ginger.
250 mL (1 cup) of ginger ale has about 1 gram of ginger.
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Health Benefits of Ginger
January 3, 2010