Ginger has been used for centuries by various cultures as an alternative medicine. Ancient Greeks used it to aid digestion. For more than 2000 years the Indians have used it as a home remedy. The Chinese has used this herb as a medicine for thousands of years. Today it is highly esteemed for its healing benefits worldwide.
Ginger is an antioxidant very rich in manganese, copper, vitamin B6 and magnesium. It is believed to be more powerful than Vitamin E. This herb is also found to contain gingerols the anti-inflammatory compounds. The gingerols found in this plant have anti-inflammatory properties to fight inflammation. This inflammation is believed to lead to the development of ovarian cancer cells in women. At the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting in 2003 it was reported that this herb has the ability to inhibit the colorectal cancer cells forming in humans.
Ginger has been proven over the years to alleviate nausea as a result of surgery, motion, chemotherapy, and pregnancy. It is shown to be most effective for those moms-to-be suffering from morning sickness. Consuming small amount of ginger in any form has given relief to pregnant women.
In many traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions ginger is included to neutralize the effects of ingredients that could be toxic. For many digestive and stomach complaints the Chinese uses ginger to ease the problems. These complaints include bloating, heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea and Dyspepsia. Taking this herb warms up your internal organs, makes you sweat and feel warm. It eases menstrual cramps, soothes the stomach and helps to alleviate headache, toothache, sore throat, cough and cold.
Only a small amount of ginger needs to be consumed to get the medicinal benefits because it is very potent. It comes as tea, capsules, powder, tincture, pill, fresh or dried. Fresh is the ideal form for remedial use. To experience it's health benefits you can make a drink by steeping few slices of this herb in hot water. FDA has not given its approval for ginger to be used as a remedy. However, after 5000 years this herb still keeps its place in traditional Chinese medicine. The fact that ginger truly has its value as an alternative medicine just cannot be ignored.
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