Quick Facts about GINGER
The following is from an article by Arie Elle, Nourish & Inspire Me.
Ginger is a warming rhizome that eases nausea, stomach pain and digestion. It’s especially good for post operative nausea, nausea from chemotherapy and travel sickness. Ginger stimulates gastric juices and peristalsis and helps to relieve dyspepsia and flatulence.
Ginger is also great for the immune system and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasidic and anti-inflammatory properties. So again great for travel, i take ginger tablets with me when i travel and they worked a treat last time i was in New Zealand and caught a bug. After taking the ginger tablets the nausea thankfully reduced and i didn’t miss out on our day of snow boarding!
In China the main use for ginger is to treat fever and coughs. Ginger has diaphoretic properties that cause perspiration to help reduce fever.
Ginger increases circulation which is great if you are a cold person like me. Ginger acts to improve heart health through these actions: as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, lowers blood pressure and it also thins blood so if you are on warfarin or having surgeory use ginger with caution.
Ginger has shown to reduce pain from muscle soreness, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis much like pharmaceutical drugs cortisol and other anti-inflammatories. Perfect for all you athletes! I thought this was interesting:
“Ginger, blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds–prostaglandins and leukotrienes–and also has antioxidant effects that break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints.”
The antioxidant properties in ginger may be effective against cancer and tumour growth. Super rhizome!
READ MORE HERE:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/, http://www.naturalnews.com/029986_ginger_muscle_pain.html, http://www.care2.com/greenliving/study-ginger-better-than-drugs-for-pain.html#ixzz2zaXL041O, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/