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Medical uses of ginger

Updated on January 30, 2014


Distill it into hot and cold drinks! Season the most savory of foods with it! No wonder people name their babies after this versatile, delicious herb. And, no wonder it is such a common ingredient in Chinese, Eastern, Carribean, and African cuisine.

Deemed helpful for ailments ranging from skin irritations to morning sickness, ginger is also one of the most typically used herb in Chinese medicine. One reason is that there are so many ways to take it: in teas, tinctures, powders and oils, even added to food, it can deliver a good therapeutic punch. On top of all that, it is easy to find and generally one of the least expensive items in the produce section of most grocery stores.

Uses and benefits

Preventing and easing nausea is one of the most popular uses of this wonderful herb. Whether you want to prevent motion sickness, reduce morning sickness, or settle an upset stomach, ginger capsules and ginger tea are widely used antinauseants.

For people undergoing chemotherapy or surgery, ginger doesn't seem to interfere with medication and can help offset nausea resulting from anesthesia or the chemotherapy. even though it is pungent to the nose and taste buds, it calms and soothes digestive upsets like gas and heartburn.

It is also thought to work as an effective pain reliever, easing muscular aches and pains, stiff joints, arthritis, cramps, toothache, and headache. Ginger is thought to increase the flow of blood to where it is applied, and this may dull the pain and ease out any tension. Drinking a hot ginger tea at the same tie may promote healing both inside and out.

If you have a cold, a hot ginger tea may help stimulate your immune system, while at the same time reduce fever, cough, and pain. Try some peppermint tea with ginger and clove added to it or chamomile tea with ginger, honey, or lemon. This tea is especially useful for coughs and laryngitis, and once it has cooled a bot, try gargling with it to ease sore throat. Even if you are not sick, on a cold wintry day a cup of ginger tea may warm your body by increasing circulation and promoting perspiration.


Ginger is generally safe for everyone. there are however, exceptions. People with hypertension should avoid it. Women with a history of miscarriage should check with a health care practitioner before using it.


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    • DAWNEMARS profile image

      DAWNEMARS 5 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

      Great hub. Voted up.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Ginger is a great herb. So many people think of it as a spice, which it is, but it is commonly used in herbal healing. Up.

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      My Nurse Says 5 years ago from Philippines

      I quite agree with your Hub and Ginger has been one of the most reliable ancient medicinal plant there is. I am a definite believer of its natural capacity for Health and I am glad you featured this. Voted up and hope to learn more from you!