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Ginger May Heal the Root of All Evil
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Ginger May Heal the Root of All Evil

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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  1. The Vegan Menu
    The Vegan Menu
    How I had no idea ginger was bad for those on blood thinners, thanks for the info. Just voted!
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  2. Carolyn
    Vote #3 Susan! Good info!
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  3. Veganara
    Vote no 5. Very informative. I love ginger anyway, and I knew it had certain health properties. It's very interesting that you say it has been shown to kill cancer cells in laboratory tests - I am not that surprised actually, as I have been reading a lot of stories lately about people who cured their own cancers by an organic, raw-food diet, or by salves made of herbal compounds placed on their bodies.
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    1. pftsusan
      I have seen and read those too. I believe that there is an herb and food to heal lots of diseases when they are picked from plants and left untouched. If one has to process them, it should be organic fertilizers only. In my own case, where cancer runs on both sides of my family. Both my parents had it. I inherited a body that produces tumors. I do anything to avoid cancer like the plague. I had few tumors removed. All benign. Then I had a tumor attached to the nerve, in my left arm pit. It was growing like there was no tomorrow. I got six medical opininions on it and they all said that they are not touching it because if they removed it, even with it being benign, that I would be paralized on the whole left side of my body. Top surgeons told me this. That was scary. I didn't change anything in my nutrition. I read up on what I was eating, drinking and how much. I thought that I was pretty on target with all of it. So I continued my antioxidants everyday and stayed on track with my workouts. Within a year, that tumor was gone. It didn't even show up on the x-rays. At the time my mother's oncologist asked me to design the same nutrition plan for her with organic whey protein added to it. My mother was 85 lbs at the time. I got her up to 95 lbs before she passed which was two weeks later. At least she had something to fight back with. The good thing is that this gave her another week with us that she wouldn't have had.... Thank you for voting.
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  4. evalovesbend
    Great info! Voted. Check out my post Chocolate Coconut Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches and vote if you like it:)
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  5. Roopam
    Great post! Absolutely, ginger has great curative properties...we use it a lot in Indian cooking...I also like the flavor it adds...voted!
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  6. Carolyn
    Congrats on making Top Posts!
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    1. pftsusan
      Thank you Carolyn.
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