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Ginger is an herb with a complex chemical structure and proven efficacy in treating certain medical conditions. So why don’t we know more about it and use it more often?

Millions of people in other parts of the world have been using ginger for more than 200 centuries — it is a common additive and medicinal herb in Chinese and Indian cultures and is readily available.

Over the last 20 years, studies have shown the usefulness of ginger in treating any number of conditions. Research suggests that ginger has anti-nausea anti-vomiting, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic effects and may additionally protect against Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

The best effect of ginger is in its gastrointestinal properties. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.

How does it work on the Gastrointestinal  tract?

The active ingredients found in the ginger tuber are believed to stimulate the flow of saliva, bile, and gastric secretions. Ginger also has been found to suppress gastric contractions and improve intestinal muscle tone and peristalsis. Constituents in ginger are thought to interact with 5HT-3 (want more info? click here: http://1.usa.gov/ZMvSKy) receptors and may be partially responsible for its anti-nausea benefits. It is clearly responsible for improving IBS, irritable bowel syndrome.

There are also a number of other ailments that studies have shown can be improved by taking ginger.

  • Morning sickness
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Bowel cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Colds and flu
  • Obesity
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Sore throat
  • Indigestion
  • Cough

 

How well does Ginger work on various conditions?

Research shows that ginger can be effective for:

  1. 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 ginger reduced nausea and vomiting by 38 percent. However, ginger might not reduce nausea and vomiting in the period three to six hours after surgery. There is no conclusive evidence, however, about the effectiveness of ginger for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy for cancer.
  2. Dizziness. Taking ginger appears to reduce the symptoms of dizziness and nausea.
  3. Preventing morning sickness (discuss the possible risks with your healthcare provider)
  4. Arthritis. There is some preliminary evidence that ginger might be helpful for decreasing musculoskeletal pain in Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis. But studies have shown varying degrees of benefit, possibly because ginger seems to take many months to start working.
  5. Alzheimer’s and cancer: Furthermore, some research shows evidence that ginger may have therapeutic effects against Alzheimer’s disease. And finally, studies in mice show that ginger may be effective in preventing the growth of cancer cells, including lung and ovarian cancers.

How do you take ginger?

Ginger products are made from fresh or dried ginger root, or from steam distillation of the oil in the root. The herb is available in many different forms. Fresh ginger root can be prepared as a steeped tea. Ginger also is a common cooking spice and can be found in a variety of foods and drinks, including ginger bread, ginger snaps, ginger sticks, and ginger ale. Usually, however, food sources flavored with ginger contain less than 1 percent ginger.

The therapeutic dose of ginger, generally, should not exceed 4 grams daily, with the standardized dose being 75 to 2,000 mg in divided doses with food.