Healing properties of ginger for your health

Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes in China since 2,000 years ago. A popular ingredient in Asian cuisine with white, yellow or red flesh, depending on the variety, it is widely known as a folk remedy for nausea. But its list of benefits does not end there.

In a 2009 study, ginger was added to the diet of chemotherapy patients – 40 percent of experiment participants reported a mitigation of a side effect in the form of nausea. “It is an effective remedy for poor blood circulation and lower back pain. On an emotional level, ginger helps with procrastination and gets to action faster,” states Laurie Stillsmith, a licensed naturopathic physician and author of Natural Secrets of Women’s Health.

A number of other studies have proven that ginger relieves pain caused by muscle spasms, eliminates inflammation, and can slow down and even destroy ovarian and colon cancer cells.

What Ginger Helps

  • Nausea and seasickness is one of the best-known uses, including for toxicosis in the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Diabetes complications. Ginger reduces protein levels in the urine and normalizes fluid intake, thus protecting the kidneys from excessive stress, reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels, promotes better blood circulation.
  • Arthritis. The Osteoarthritis Cartilage Journal study found that patients who received ginger instead of a placebo were less likely to complain of pain and loss of mobility.
  • Colds and the flu. In Chinese medicine, ginger is often prescribed for symptomatic treatment of these diseases. The root acts as an antihistamine and antiedematous agent, which makes you feel much better.
  • Migraine. A double-blind clinical trial processed the results of 100 patients with acute migraine who were taking sumatriptan (a common migraine medication) or ginger powder. Both groups showed equal pain relief, but participants in the second group had fewer side effects.

How to prepare a decoction of ginger

Ginger quickly loses its qualities in heat and air. It is better to store it in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator for no longer than 2-3 weeks.

To make the healing drink, peel about 5 cm of the rhizome, cut into slices and boil for 20 minutes in 0.5 liters of water under a closed lid. Add honey and lemon juice. For best effect, drink up to 3 cups a day before meals.