Ginger is a herb that is commonly used as a spice and for its therapeutic properties. The underground stem can be used fresh, dried, powdered, as juice or even as oil. It is one of the ancient and most revered medicines of Asia and India. It has an impact on excess inflammation and this enables it to combat a variety of diseases. Usually, inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to injury or illness and the redness, pain, heat and swelling are an attempt to keep you from moving a damaged area in the course of repair.
As the body heals, inflammation subsides. However in some conditions such as arthritis, gallbladder, diverticulosis and heart diseases, inflammation doesn’t go away. Instead, it becomes chronic leading to other serious problems. Ginger is able to inhibit 2 important enzymes that causes inflammation-COX and LOX and this causes it to treat chronic inflammation. Beside treating inflammation, ginger is known to have many other benefits and these include:
Cold and flu
The herb is commonly prescribed in Chinese medicines as a remedy for colds and flu. It acts as a decogestant and antihistamine and these two cold easing effects can reduce the symptoms.
Ginger is known to treat nausea and it is also effective for sea and motion sickness. It can also be used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women.
Studies have shown that ginger may reduce the levels of urine proteins, decrease the intake of water as well as urine input. It is therefore effective in reducing reverse proteinuria, a kidney disease caused by too much protein in the blood. Ginger can also protect nerves in low blood fat levels and diabetics.
For patients suffering from arthritis, ginger has been noted to reduce pain and loss of motion. Therefore, the root contains many health benefits.