Ginger

Ginger is a strengthening food that has long been used to maintain health. It has a long history of both culinary and medicinal use in Chinese, Japanese and Indian medicines. In ancient China, was regarded as a healing gift from God and was commonly used to cleanse and warm the body.

Qualities of Ginger

The major active ingredients  are terpenes and oleoresin. These two, and other active ingredients provide antiseptic, lymph-cleansing, circulation, and constipation relief qualities.

 

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  • It is good for the respiratory system
  • It is good to fight against colds and flu
  • It offers substantial protection from stroke and heart attack because of its ability to prevent blood clotting
  •  a multifaceted herb, is crucial in the battle against cardiovascular disease
  • Relieves headaches and pains
  • Helps to clear sore throats
  • Good for upset stomach and indigestion.
  • It is very effective as a cleansing agent through the bowels and kidneys and also through the skin 

Some of the problems cured by Ginger

Colds/Flu

Kills influenza virus by improving immune system’s ability to fight infections. It also relieves headaches.

Increases Circulation

Increases the muscular contractions of the heart atria, there by increase in overall circulation. It has been proven to prevent internal blood clots and lowers blood pressure. Its Root stimulates the central nervous system controlling the heart and respiratory centers.It helps reduce serum cholesterol, which can slow down circulation. 

Ginger Relieves Motion/Morning Sickness

It is one of the most effective herbal remedies to get rid of Motion/ Morning Sickness.

Digestive Aid – Indigestion, Stomach Ache

Root increases production of saliva in the mouth and dramatically increases digestive enzyme amylase in the saliva to additionally aid digestion. It also contains a very effective digestive enzyme zingibain.

Women’s Health

Root is good for the uterus as well as the intestinal tract and may ease menstrual cramps

Skin 

Very cleansing – reduces pus in infected wounds as well as boils. Clears spots caused by chicken pox and shingles. Useful for burns, sores, sunburn, ringworm, warts, herpes, athletes foot and even for dandruff.

Stress Protection

Root appears to limit the effects of adrenergic stimulation and there by relieves the stress

Arthritis

As  root is a proven anti-inflammatory agent, some arthritic victims may find it helpful.

It is sometimes recommended as an alternative to aspirin for people who can not take aspirin because of its irritating effect on the gastrointestinal tract. 

What is it?

It is an herb. The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a spice and also as a medicine. It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil.It is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.Other uses include treating upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis.It is used for treating acute bacterial dysentery, baldness, malaria, poisonous snake bites, rheumatism, migraine headache, and toothaches.It is used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil  is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain.

How effective is it?

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.The effectiveness ratings are as follows:

Possibly effective for…

  • Nausea and vomiting following surgery. Most clinical research shows that taking 1 gram of ginger one hour before surgery seems to reduce nausea and vomiting during the first 24 hours after surgery. One study found that it reduced nausea and vomiting by 38%. However, it might not reduce nausea and vomiting in the period 3-6 hours after surgery.
  • Dizziness. Taking it seems to reduce the symptoms of dizziness, including nausea.
  • Preventing morning sickness (discuss the possible risks with your healthcare provider). It seems to reduce nausea and vomiting in some pregnant women. But taking any herb or medication during pregnancy is a big decision. Before taking , be sure to discuss the possible risks with your healthcare provider.

Possibly ineffective for…

  • Preventing motion sickness and seasickness. Some people say they feel better after taking  before travel. But there is no hard evidence that  actually prevents motion sickness or seasickness.

Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for…

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There is some preliminary evidence that might be helpful for decreasing joint pain in people with RA.
  • Osteoarthritis. There is some evidence that ginger might reduce osteoarthritis pain. But different studies have shown different degrees of benefit, possibly because it seems to take many months to start working. Some studies may have been stopped too early.
  • Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. There is contradictory evidence about the effectiveness of this for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy for cancer.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Colds.
  • Flu.
  • Migraine headache.
  • Preventing nausea caused by chemotherapy.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate it for these uses.

How does it work?

This contains chemicals that may reduce nausea and inflammation. Researchers believe the chemicals work primarily in the stomach and intestines, but they may also work in the brain and nervous system to control nausea.

Are there safety concerns?

It is LIKELY SAFE for most people. Some people can have mild side effects including heartburn, diarrhea, and general stomach discomfort.When it is applied to the skin, it may cause irritation.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy: Using during pregnancy is controversial. There is some concern that it might affect fetal sex hormones. There is also a report of miscarriage during week 12 of pregnancy in a woman who used  for morning sickness. However, studies in pregnant women suggest that it can be used safely for morning sickness without harm to the fetus. The risk for major malformations in infants of women taking it does not appear to be higher than the usual rate of 1% to 3%. As with any medication given during pregnancy, it’s important to weigh the benefit against the risk. Before using during pregnancy, talk it over with your healthcare provider.

Breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the safety of using  during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and don’t use it.

Bleeding disorders: Taking it might increase your risk of bleeding. Avoid using it.

Diabetes:  Might lower your blood sugar. As a result, your diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.

Heart conditions: High doses might worsen some heart conditions.

Are there interactions with medications?

Moderate

Be cautious with this combination.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
It might slow blood clotting. Taking  along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
Phenprocoumon
Phenprocoumon is used in Europe to slow blood clotting. It can also slow blood clotting. Taking this along with phenprocoumon might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your phenprocoumon might need to be changed.
Warfarin (Coumadin)
Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. It can also slow blood clotting. Taking  along with warfarin (Coumadin) might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.

Minor

Be watchful with this combination.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
It might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking it along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others.

Medications for high blood pressure (Calcium channel blockers)
It might reduce blood pressure in a way that is similar to some medications for blood pressure and heart disease. Taking  along with these medications might cause your blood pressure to drop too low or cause an irregular heartbeat.Some medications for high blood pressure and heart disease include nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan), diltiazem (Cardizem), isradipine (DynaCirc), felodipine (Plendil), amlodipine (Norvasc), and others.

Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?

Herbs and supplements that might slow blood clotting
Using along with herbs that might slow blood clotting could increase the risk of bleeding in some people. These herbs include angelica, clove, danshen, garlic, ginkgo, Panax ginseng, red clover, turmeric, and others.

Are there interactions with foods?

There are no known interactions with foods.

What dose is used?

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:BY MOUTH:

  • For morning sickness: 250 mg ginger 4 times daily.
  • For postoperative nausea and vomiting: 1-2 grams powdered root one hour before induction of anesthesia.

REFERENCE LINKS

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/961.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger

 

It is great as a preventative and for maintaining good health.Each of these five ingredients ( Ginger,Garlic, Lemon,Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey) have individual benefits on their own and in this mixture, a synergistic effect enhances the properties of each.
It lowers blood pressure as well as cholesterol , it leads to fewer colds and infections, and is helpful in conditions such as gout, arthritis, and joint aches. It is also a good tonic for the digestive tract and benefits the skin, and is helpful in weight loss.
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