Ginger, known for its anti-inflammatory remedies, is a favourite in the winter season.
It is touted as a remedy for a host of items.
A remedy for appetite loss, indigestion, motion sickness, and the list goes on… Although officially recognised as a remedy for only the three problems listed above, the 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 verified. Asian medicine also employs it as a treatment for colds and shortness of breath.
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Valued primarily for the distinctive tang it lends to cuisine, the ginger root also has proven medicinal effects. In one clinical trial among surgery patients, it proved more effective than a certain prescription drug in preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. It has been shown to stimulate the intestines and promote production of saliva, digestive juices, and bile. It also tends to boost the pumping action of the heart, prevent the formation of clots, reduce cholesterol levels, and fight inflammation. It may even have a simulative effect on the immune system.
You need to stay away if :
Although there’s no evidence that ginger is harmful during pregnancy, officials recommend it not be taken for morning sickness. People with gallstones should not use it unless their doctor approves. Because of its anti-clotting properties, it should be avoided by anyone in danger of internal bleeding.
High doses (6 grams or more) may damage the stomach lining and could eventually lead to ulcers. Allergic skin reactions are also possible, but in recommended doses, ginger causes no
side effects. It’s best to avoid large doses of ginger if you are taking a blood-thinning drug.
pregnant or breastfeeding :
Although a trial of ginger in 27 pregnant women with persistent vomiting revealed no harmful effects, it is still not recommended during pregnancy.
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For commercial preparations, the following dosages are typical. Indigestion: 2 to 4 grams a day Motion sickness: 1 gram 30 minutes before travel; for continuing symptoms, 0.5 to 1 gram every 4 hours To prevent vomiting: 0.5 to 2 grams daily Arthritis: 1 to 2 grams daily
Massive doses of ginger can depress the nervous sy-stem and cause heart irregularities. If you suspect ove-rdose, seek medical attention immediately. — Agencies