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.
- 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
Kills influenza virus by improving immune system’s ability to fight infections. It also relieves headaches.
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.
Root is good for the uterus as well as the intestinal tract and may ease menstrual cramps
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.
Root appears to limit the effects of adrenergic stimulation and there by relieves the stress
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?
How effective is it?
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.
- Migraine headache.
- Preventing nausea caused by chemotherapy.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate it for these uses.
How does it work?
Are there safety concerns?
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?
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others.
Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?
Are there interactions with foods?
What dose is used?
- 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.