Last Modified on Jan 19, 2015
A common spice with a sweet but spicy flavor, ginger root is often used in cooking. However, its common purposes extend to the world of medicine as well. Considered a calming spice, ginger is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from gastrointestinal distress to arthritis.
What is Ginger Root?
Typically described as aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger is a spice often used in Asian stir fries as well as several fruit and vegetable dishes. Readily available in most grocery stores, ginger is a common herb with a variety of purposes.
The rhizome or underground root is the part of the spice that is actually used from the plant. This root typically appears yellow to white or red in color and is covered with a brown skin. While previously used almost singly in treating gastrointestinal issues, current research has expanded the applications of ginger to include a much wider variety of conditions.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger root contains a variety of compounds that make it an effective health aid. Among the most effective of those components are gingerol and shogaol. These compounds function to support tissue regeneration, diminish inflammation and reduce infection. With these and other active components, ginger is used for treating and preventing a wide range of conditions.
Scientific research has reinforced ginger as an effective health treatment in numerous applications. One study suggests that ginger is one of the most effective preventative treatments for certain types of cancer including colon cancer, as it significantly reduces inflammation throughout the body. The spice has also been proven to relieve muscle pain and fatigue. Additionally, ginger can be used to treat a number of gastrointestinal disorders as well as autoimmune diseases such as arthritis.
Ginger is also an effective preventative treatment. Taken as a daily supplement, ginger can prevent liver damage caused by certain medication, hypertension, painful period symptoms, migraines and others.
In any of its forms, ginger is an effective treatment option for a range of conditions. The spice can be taken as a supplement or added to a preferred food or beverage with the same health benefits.
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[YEA] I found ginger tea a more pleasant and gentler way of dealing with acid reflux than apple cider vinegar.
Ginger is well known for it's calming effect on the stomach. If the esophageal sphincter is doing it's job the reflux doesn't happen and I suspect that it is allowed to function better when the stomach is churning in a calmer manner.
I make the tea by putting a few slices of fresh ginger into a thermos and let it steep before taking the first cup. I usually have around 3 & 4 cups a day.
Replied by Olive
Santa Cruz, California
01/10/2013Posted by Darijan (Zagreb, Hr, Croatia) on 09/23/2009
[YEA] I would like to add Yes for GINGER.
I suffered from Acid reflux for nine months, tried almost everything, was on NEXIUM too, I did not have chest pain but throat pain, and ginger tea was the most spectacular discovery! Now I drink several glasses of ginger tea daily and the pain is now much much weaker. Nothing I tried before ever made so much difference.
Therefore, strongly recommend ginger.
I buy a fresh one, peel it off, cut it in small pieces and just spill hot water over it, just like I would do with any other tea.
Anyway, that worked out for me. Pain is not completely gone yet (I drink it for three days only) but life became much more bearable since I started.
Good luck to all of you!Replied by Maureen