Ginger is an aromatic spice which is widely used in Asian cooking. According to Self-healing Herbs.com, it is also one of the main ingredients of Chinese medicine, along with rice wine, rice vinegar, salt and honey. The Chinese recognised the healing powers of ginger many centuries ago.
Fresh ginger root is available all year round, and it can also be purchased minced in jars ready for use, or dried. While minced or dried ginger may be more convenient for cooking, nothing beats the flavour of fresh ginger root, and the spice also has many health benefits.
Relief from stomach problems
For centuries, ginger has been used medicinally to soothe stomach problems such as bloating, excess gas and nausea. It’s also beneficial in preventing motion sickness or alleviating the symptoms associated with motion sickness. Ginger is also a safe and effective remedy for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Ginger root can also help to cleanse the colon and relieve stomach cramps. For relief from stomach proplems make a ginger tea by steeping a couple of half-inch slices in hot water. Sip the tea for more or less instant relief.
Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory substances called gingerols. This makes ginger a perfect natural remedy for arthritis pain. Ginger also inhibits the production of prostoglandins, the hormones which assist the inflammatory mechanism responsible for muscle pain.
Its anti-inflammatory properties make ginger root an effective treatment for asthma attacks, and regular consumption of ginger tea may help to prevent attacks.
For effective pain relief and increased mobility, use ginger regularly in cooking. Use in stir fries, or add grated ginger to rice and vegetable side dishes and salad dressings. As little as a quarter-inch of ginger root taken regularly will have a beneficial effect on joint inflammation.
Good for the immune system
Ginger induces sweating, which helps fight cold and flu infections. Sweat contains a substance called dermicidin, which protects the skin against potentially harmful bacteria, so ginger is a great ally in the war against infection. Ginger also acts as an expectorant, helping to loosen mucus.
Good for the heart
Taken regularly, ginger inhibits the production of triglycerides and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Ginger also boosts circulation and thins the blood slightly, guarding against the stickiness which can lead to blood clots.
Ginger tastes good and it’s good for your health, so try to include some in your diet each day. Remember that it’s a pungent spice, though, so don’t overdo it.