Herbalists advise not to take more than 4 gms of ginger in a single day. Ginger if taken in large quantities can cause heartburn, gas, bloating, nausea or stomach distress. People with ulcers, inflammation, gallstones, bleeding disorders, pregnant women should not consume ginger. Avoid ginger with blood-thinning medications, such as warfin and aspirin.
Side Effects of Ginger
Ginger has been used for more than 5000 years for cooking and as a medicine in many Asian countries because of its potent benefits. It is currently one of the most widely used herbs worldwide. According to ayurvedic traditions, ginger is considered to be the most ‘sattvic’ of spices and is one of the most essential herbs. It is considered Katu-rasam (bitter taste), Ushna-veeryam (hot potency), Vata-kapha-har-prabhavam (blemish correcting effect on air and phlegm), Katu-vipakam (pungent after-effect), Laghu-snigdha-gunam (mild and unctuous property) and is valuable as a suppressant and remedy for ‘Kapha and Vatta’ disorders. Ginger if taken in large quantities can cause heartburn, gas, bloating, nausea or stomach distress.
Ginger is called as Vishava-bheshaj (the universal medicine) and Maha-aushadhi (wide-spectrum medicine). The concept of digestive and metabolic fire (agni) is very central to Ayurveda. If food is properly processed and digested, it will not create toxins in the body, called Ama. Even if ‘ama’ is created, it can be destroyed by ‘agni’ which can be obtained from ginger in a medicinal manner. Ayurveda considers ginger as a pungent herb, its dose not have the strong, concentrated irritant pungency of chilli, but is irritant enough to wake the blood vessels. Even, in traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is famed for its use of removing toxins. It is used as an antidote for poisoning from food, drugs or other herbs.
But can a herb so potent have side-effects? The answer is yes, in fact herbalists advise not to take more than 4 grams of ginger in a single day. Ginger if taken in large quantities can cause heartburn, gas, bloating, nausea or stomach distress because it reinforces warfarin action by heterogeneous mechanisms. It may increase the risk of bleeding or possibly potentiate the effects of warfarin therapy, especially when taken in a powdered form.
Who Should Not Consume Ginger?
People With Ulcers/Inflammation
Unchewed fresh ginger may cause intestinal blockage, and individuals who have had ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or blocked intestines may react badly to large quantities of fresh ginger.
People With Gallstones
Ginger can adversely affect individuals with gallstones. Ginger is contraindicated in people suffering from gallstones, because it promotes the production of bile.
People With Bleeding Disorders
Ginger stimulates circulation and increases blood flow while preventing blood clotting. It could increase risk of bleeding, especially if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking any medications that slow blood clotting.
Pregnant women should also be careful with ginger as it may cause uterine contractions. It has also been shown to interfere with the absorption of dietary iron and fat-soluble vitamins. It is recommended that you consult an herbalist or a licensed healthcare professional before using ginger as a supplement or in your diet. Drinking ginger tea is especially not recommended in the final weeks of pregnancy due to the increased bleeding risk.
According to an article published in “Der Anaesthesist” in 2007, consuming ginger around the time of surgery is also a risk for increased bleeding. If undergoing surgery, you should avoid drinking ginger tea within the two weeks prior to it.
Reactive To Certain Drugs
Speak with your doctor before drinking ginger tea if you’re on any medication, since it interacts with certain drugs. It should also not be used by patients who take anticoagulant, barbiturates, beta-blockers, insulin medications or those who are on anti-platelet therapy. According to MedlinePlus, a medical service of the National Institutes on Health, ginger can interact with numerous other drugs like antacids which can be affected by ginger, stimulating the stomach’s production of acid. Ginger can also affect medications for the heart, antihistamines, cancer treatments and weight loss drugs.
Possible Herb Interactions
Ginger also interacts with herbs that stimulate blood flow and slow blood clotting, which includes clove, garlic, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, turmeric, angelica. Combining ginger with these herbs could increase your risk of bleeding.
A pilot study published in “Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental” in 2012 found that ginger reduced appetite and increased feelings of satiety in overweight men. The study researchers suspect that ginger’s ability to modulate concentrations of the hormone serotonin may play a role in suppressing appetite. Because it’s a pilot study, however, more research is needed to validate these results. If you’re trying to gain weight, be aware that drinking ginger tea may potentially reduce your appetite.
Avoid mixing ginger tea with blood-thinning medications, such as warfin and aspirin. Ginger may lower blood sugar and blood pressure, so speak with your doctor if you’re taking medication for diabetes or high blood pressure because you may not need as much if you drink ginger tea regularly.
Many of these side effects can be avoided by taking ginger supplements in capsules, such as enteric-coated capsules, which delay the body’s digestion of the herb until it enters the digestive tract. But, ginger when consumed in reasonable quantities has few negative side effects and is on the FDA’s “generally recognized as safe” list. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Thus, herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Do not believe every thing this article says!!! Pregnant women should not consume ginger is bull shit. I come from India and we have the most resistant children in comparison to a majority of "developed" countries - leave aside the brain development that many herbs and nuts are known to contribute to. Yes, any thing in excess is bad, but consumed in moderate quantities, ginger is THE BEST herbal medicine - in fact the human body is so resistant that it takes a lot of abuse for a cell to mutate to turn into a tumor resulting cancerous growth. When the 'ama' the bad suff is suppressed, you are actually contributing to prevention of cancer !!!!
I was surprised that they didn't mention Ginger as a diurectic. So drink lots of water while taking it. I Love using the root only. Naturaly a thin slice chewed on and held in the mouth over about 15 minutes is about enough of a dosage for it's ( daily )benefit's. I would never use the pill forms or liquid. I imagine that could be used that way for the external use but putting massive amounts of anything in your body can cause an unwanted result..I however step it up a noche if I am using it to treat something specific like a cold, gingivitis, musle aches or such. I will chew on a thin slice the way I mentioned above as I would use a medicine every 6 - 12 hrs. Your body will know just like it does as if you were to take Ibuprofen for an ailment. Hope someone find this information useful because I believe we all have the cures in nature and sometimes we tend to take pills as it is convenient but not necessary or alway's the right way to treat somethings.
Ginger is a safe alternative for pregnant women suffering from nausea/ morning sickness...I personally have struggled with inflammation and digestion issues and ginger is what saved me. Everything in moderation. Ginger is dope...
After following the links.... This is an important article to read. It can have some serious side effects according to this articket
All I know is that I started taking ginger capsules because I heard it was good for me. Then my urine started burning, a light tingling, not too serious but unpleasant enough, so I looked at the vitamin supplements I was taking to see which one may have been causing it.
I opened up one of my ginger capsules and emptied it in my hand and then touched my tongue to it. It burned a little n.... that stuff is hot so I decided to drop the ginger from my vitamins and guess what? Yep, the burning subsided and I'm back to good. There should be a warning on all bottles of ginger capsules. Even so, I don't doubt that just a little of it may be good for you in certain cases but I would be very careful about how much I take.
Thanks for the info..id suffrd from ulcer and then wen I ate ginger aftr an hour my stomach starts painng should not eat wen u have dis condtion..
must try if you will not feel any cure then it will again give benifets to your health . Stay Bless my dear.\U0001f60a
yes you may believe or not till today m taking just this drink nothing else and feeling comfortable just you can sqeez a lemon too .and i am taking half glass of water mixed with lemon during my lunch its working awesome.
just taking ginger juice a tea spoon half glass of water a pinch of turmerice and half lemon on empty stomech ufff works wonder for all type internal body problem its best\U0001f44c
I love to munch on crystallized ginger every now and then. ..it's a great snack. ..not to much though. ...
Ginger side effects!!! Ayurveda saying!!!! I think you dnt knw admin Yess it depends ginger doesnt suit everyone i agree But its not ginger side effects its their body formation wat suits them Acc to vaat pitta kapha
I have ginger 2slices diced in my squeezed & chopped Lime/Lemmon water in a 1/2 Gal jug. Sometime I do add 1/2 of a diced apple & cinnamon.