Rx: Grated Ginger!

May 4th, 2010 by Team Healthizen
Ginger If you are looking for an effective household remedy for sore throats, headaches, ulcerative colitis, some types of menstrual and arthritis pain, and fevers and aches caused by colds and flu — then ginger is your answer. For over two thousand years, Chinese Medicine has recommended ginger to treat a number of health problems including abdominal bloating, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and rheumatism. Ginger is also used in the Ayurveda and Tibetan systems of medicine for the treatment of inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism.

Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger contains approximately 1-4 volatile oils. These active constituents are believed to be responsible for ginger’s medicinal effects as well as its characteristic odor and taste. Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells, as suggested by research studies.

Although officially recognized as a remedy for appetite loss, indigestion and motion sickness, ginger root has a proven ability to combat all forms of nausea and vomiting. It has also been taken to loosen phlegm, relieve gas, and tighten the tissues, although its effectiveness for these purposes hasn’t been proved. Ginger is thought to improve muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract.

A few studies have provided preliminary evidence suggesting that ginger may also be useful in relieving both, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The active phytonutrients in ginger kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion). Other traditional uses for ginger, such as for relieving toothaches, have not been proven by clinical studies.

Fresh ginger root is available year round in your local market. Ginger adds a very characteristic flavor to the food. You can either consume ginger juice plain or add it to lemon juice or your soda. Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to various Indian recipes. So prescribe ginger to your menu to prevent yourself from various diseases and infections.

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