Ginger that comes from ginger root is known as an alternative and herbal medicine to aide in healing digestion, nausea, stomach pains, menstrual cramps, flu symptoms, the common cold and more for over 2000 years. It is also know to reduce inflammation of the joints, in Osteoporosis. It has also been used to treat arthritis, colon and heart conditions. Combined with tea tree oil, it could cure athlete's feet.
Ginger is a native of Asia, where it has been used for a cooking spice for over 3,000 years. The Chinese have been using this herb and its healing effects in their cooking for years. Plus in some cases, it also adds flavor to the foods.
Ginger is the underground stem of a plant called Zingiber offincinale. This stem, called rhizome, is thick and beige. Its main components are volatile oils, pungent phenol, and caprylic acid. Caprylic acid has antifungal properties to it.
Ginger root, from the Zingiber offincinale plant was as approved as being safe by the FDA. However it is not recommended for those who are taking blood thinners; on high blood pressure medicine, or diabetes medications. For the blood thinners, it may increase bleeding. For those on high blood pressure medicine, it may bring the blood pressure to a shocking low causing irregular heartbeat. And for those on diabetes medications, it may cause the opposite: Hypoglycemia.
The side effects of ginger are rare. However taken in high doses, it can cause irritation of the mouth, mild heartburn, or diarrhea. Because of the side effects, it is beneficial to get approval from a health care provider who is experienced in Botanical Medicine.
Ginger was used in studies to see if it helps motion sickness. Studies have shown that it doesn't work as well as the actual motion sickness medications do. It didn't reduce nausea in these cases, but it did reduce the symptoms of anxiety and sweating in some cases.
Pregnant mothers have reported less vomiting after taking one gram of ginger root per day. It's given to those on chemotherapy for cancer, to reduce nausea. Studies have shown that it will reduce the duration of nausea, but not vomiting during chemotherapy.
Do not give ginger root to children under two years of age. That is not for their bodies. Over two, give it to them to treat nausea, stomach cramping and headaches. Please contact your doctor for the dosage.
In preliminary studies, ginger root was shown to reduce cholesterol and it helped prevent the blood from clotting. This is good in prevention of heart disease and strokes.
In laboratory test tube studies, ginger root killed cancer cells. This has not been proven in humans yet. More research needs to be done.
Adults should not take more than 4gms of ginger per day. Pregnant mothers shouldn't take more than one gram per day. If you are on medications, ginger will alter them. Please see your doctor first.
Ginger root, that is produced in capsules, is less potent then the root itself that you buy whole. If the dosage in the organic root is too high, it is better to get the capsules. It also comes in vegan gel cap capsules. It also comes in tinctures, extracts and oils.
Foods that include ginger are ginger snaps, gingerbread and ginger ale. They also come from our own recipes. Then add the beautiful Vegan recipes.
Disclaimer: This is for educational purposes only. Before you use any herbs, contact your doctor and seek their advice.
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