Ginger Side Effects And Who Must Not Consume it?


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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.

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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

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.

[Read: Refreshing Ginger Iced Tea To Counter Inflammation]

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.

Suppress Appetite

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.

Diabetes/High BP

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.

By Rachelle Chandraan

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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mandaliap 5pts

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 !!!! 

Barry Anderson
Barry Anderson 5pts

Important to know since the Good Earth Chef does include in some of his recipes .

MaryCoats 5pts

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.

Suraj Khanna
Suraj Khanna 5pts

Ginger can b and should taken specially in winter

Upried Pandji Ireng
Upried Pandji Ireng 5pts

Puniko inggih sae kagem obat batuk, dibakar, digeceg lan dicampur banyu sakedik trs dipun ombe

Mohd Razak
Mohd Razak 5pts

Apko samajme nahi aata kya english.......

Caitlin Dutton
Caitlin Dutton 5pts

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...

Dawn Smith
Dawn Smith 5pts

After following the links.... This is an important article to read. It can have some serious side effects according to this articket

Vilma Peguero
Vilma Peguero 5pts

I put ginger on food and tea i love it and on my smothie too

Kim Bo
Kim Bo 5pts

Ginger is healthy as ive used it all my life the chinese have for thousands of years.

Nicolette Joan
Nicolette Joan 5pts

I will still take it any day over a drug. Good to know.

jd1021 5pts

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.

Fleur Opena
Fleur Opena 5pts

Anything kind mint it upset our stomach.

Che Egenias
Che Egenias 5pts

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..

Ayurveda 5pts

Yes caution is necessary :)

Salona Ramburn
Salona Ramburn 5pts

use of ginger should be matched to the patient`s condition and constitution,

Shina Irfan
Shina Irfan 5pts

must try if you will not feel any cure then it will again give benifets to your health . Stay Bless my dear.\U0001f60a

Shina Irfan
Shina Irfan 5pts

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.

Tonia Nobbin
Tonia Nobbin 5pts

so would that work if you have liver, kidney and stomach problems?

Smriti Kumari
Smriti Kumari 5pts

Aadi blood clot ko Kam karta hai surjery se pahle ise na khayen ,gallstone vale na khayen

Kimberly Eastwood
Kimberly Eastwood 5pts

Kate Parsons thank you so much as I just bought more fresh ginger...YIKES

Kate Parsons
Kate Parsons 5pts

Kimberly Eastwood - you need to read this if you haven't already!!!

Shina Irfan
Shina Irfan 5pts

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

Synatria Wynn
Synatria Wynn 5pts

I love to munch on crystallized ginger every now and then. ..it's a great snack. ..not to much though. ...

Synatria Wynn
Synatria Wynn 5pts

Thanks for sharing this good and worthy info on ginger

Vinay Arora
Vinay Arora 5pts

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