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Ginger: The Complete Herbal And Medicinal Benefits

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What is Ginger?

Ginger is an aromatic, pungent and spicy herb (part of the Zingiberaceae family, as are cardamom, turmeric and galangal) that has tremendous therapeutic qualities. The underground stem (rhizome) can be used fresh, powdered, dried, or as an oil or juice.

Ginger: Medicinal Properties

The ancient medical science, Ayurveda, gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. Not surprising as ginger has a long tradition in herbal medicine of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress – as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract).

Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

[Read: Magical Ginger Blends To Treat Common Ailments]

Health Benefits of Ginger

Continue reading to understand 15 amazing health benefits of this wonder herb:

  1. Anti-coagulant:  It helps make blood platelets less sticky reducing the risk of atherosclerosis and also reduces blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Ginger extract has proved to decrease the mean arterial blood pressure.
  2. Aphrodisiac:  Ginger tea, after a not-too-heavy meal, every night, has long been used in the treatment of impotency, premature ejaculation and in increasing sperm count.
  3. Arthritis Care: Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties effectively reduce pain and swelling in patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, rheumatoid arthritis and general muscle discomfort. To help relieve muscle and joint ache, add some ginger essential oil into your bath.
  4. Migraine Cure: The unique ability of ginger to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis helps relieve pain and inflammation in blood vessels thereby providing relief from migraine.
  5. Cold and Flu Relief: This herb acts as an antihistamine and decongestant, two cold-easing effects that can help with symptoms of persistent cough and sore throat. The antihistamine property also helps treat allergies, inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus.
  6. Diabetes Care: Ginger reduces urine protein levels, controls thirst and urine output, and reverses proteinuria-kidney damage due to too much protein in the urine. It also protects the nerves in diabetics and lower blood fat levels, helps increase blood circulation, and lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol.
  7. Nausea Relief: Garlic has been an ancient remedy to ease nausea, motion and sea sickness. In women suffering from morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy, ginger alleviated the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Useful for nausea treatment post surgery, especially after chemotherapy.
  8. Stomach Care: Ginger appears to accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract and its carminative (gas expulsion) property provides relief from bloating and gas and helps reduce flatulence. Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients, helps break down the proteins in your food, and protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion. Ginger is a vital ingredient in antacid, laxative and anti-gas medications.
  9. Anti Cancer: Ginger root has a very high level of antioxidants, excellent defenders against cell damage and associated disease caused by free radicals. Has shown great promise in cancer prevention and treatment of lymphoma, breast, liver, skin, bladder and colorectal cancers. Its ability to decrease cancer cell proliferation (inducing cell death (apoptosis) or autophagy (they digested/attacked themselves)) prevents the cancer cells from building up resistance to cancer treatment.
  10. Eases Menstrual Pain: Ginger is a potent remedy for reducing the symptoms of cramps and pains in primary dysmenorrhea (period pains).
  11. Prevents Liver Damage: Acetaminophen (“Tylenol” in the USA and “paracetamol” elsewhere) – a popular painkiller and antipyretic (reduces fever) creates the risk of chemically-driven liver damage (hepatotoxicity), especially among patients with liver disorders. Ginger’s therapeutic ingredients prevent hepatic injuries, alleviating oxidative stress in a manner comparable to that of vitamin E.
  12. Asthma Care: Purified components of ginger can work synergistically with ß-agonists (isoproterenol- an asthma medication) to relax ASM (airway smooth muscle). Ginger component 6-shogaol had the greatest impact in enhancing the effects of isoproterenol.
  13. Relieves Muscle Pain: Daily ginger supplementation reduces exercise-induced muscle pain and soreness due to its anti inflammatory properties.
  14. Fights Fatigue:  Drink a hot concoction of ginger and cinnamon to relieve fatigue when recovering from fever and after exhaustive workouts.
  15. Nutrient Source: This herb contains essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, choline, folate, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon, and a small amount of vitamin B3. 
Ashley Mathieu

Ashley Mathieu is a holistic nutritionist, dedicated yogi and an avid blogger. She is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, yoga and holistic wellness.

Ashley Mathieu

Ashley Mathieu is a holistic nutritionist, dedicated yogi and an avid blogger. She is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, yoga and holistic wellness.

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187 comments
Yoga & Pilates
Yoga & Pilates 5pts

I think anything about are fantastic who agrees?

CatchOneill
CatchOneill 5pts

how  do you take it  i heard  some do   raw ginger juice  but then i heard  raw   ginger can thin the blood  ??  can we eat it raw  or is it better  in tea   , i was  just  chewing the raw  with a bot of water  sometimes  no water , now i am have  stopped

Irfan H Sufi
Irfan H Sufi 5pts

ماش کی دال لے اوپر باریک کٹا ھوا ادرک، پیاز اور بری مرچ اگر فردوس بر روئے زمین است اور ساتھ تندوری روٹی

Reeba Varkey
Reeba Varkey 5pts

Sure .it has wonderful healing properties.

Siva Kumar
Siva Kumar 5pts

துவையல் சாதம் சாப்பிட சைடு டிஷ்.

Grandhige R Nataraj
Grandhige R Nataraj 5pts

Wonder root known to Ayurveda n promoted by Indian practice since time immemorial

Ramnik Parekh
Ramnik Parekh 5pts

So it is guaranteed that u will live for ever?

Ramnik Parekh
Ramnik Parekh 5pts

Stop glorifying ordinary food items as miraculous remedies- Dr Ramnik Parekh

Satish Sharma
Satish Sharma 5pts

It is herbs spice medicine, looks at tendua panja

Sidney Walker
Sidney Walker 5pts

Sherry Walker read this about ginger. It might help with your heart problem!!! Worth looking at.

Nilima Sehgal
Nilima Sehgal 5pts

ask yr maali to plant it in yr ..kitchen garden.

Ramnik Parekh
Ramnik Parekh 5pts

When will you stop exaggerating the imaginary benefits of simple foods which are used daily by Indians?

Vijayan Paipra
Vijayan Paipra 5pts

When you are struggling with gas trouble then you may take a piece of ginger and squeeze it and add aWILWADHI gulika and have it

Allison Jeanne
Allison Jeanne 5pts

Thank god for this article and for the root of all stomach indigestion and deeper gut needs

Robert Gest
Robert Gest 5pts

Everyone can use some ginger in their life

Lawrence E. Bell
Lawrence E. Bell 5pts

For a refreshing pick me up alternative to coffee try juicing these ingredients and let me know how you feel. Hopefully all organic 4 apples(seeded) 4 carrots topped tailed and scraped 1 rib of celery 1 fist of parsley 1/2 of a beet 1 inch of ginger

Amanda Drysdale
Amanda Drysdale 5pts

I juice ginger and apple and carrot 4 times a week! I don't get colds!

Angie Ancira
Angie Ancira 5pts

It does your body good . I highly recommended

Norissha Mohd Noor
Norissha Mohd Noor 5pts

me too! I added fresh turmeric, ginger, 2 garlic, cinnamon, star anise, tamarind, dash of cracked black pepper. Boil then blend n strain. Add honey. Indonesian jamu.