Many cultures have for thousands of years used ginger as an alternative medicine. Ancient Greeks used it to aid digestion. For more than 2000 years ginger has been used by the Indians as a home remedy. The Chinese has used ginger for more than 5000 years to treat different ailments. Today the healing potentials of ginger are greatly valued worldwide.
Ginger is an antioxidant found to be full of manganese, copper, vitamin B6 and magnesium. It is deemed to be superior to Vitamin E. Ginger also contains the anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.
Ginger has shown great success over the years the ability to alleviate nausea resulting from surgery, motion, chemotherapy, and pregnancy. It is most effective for those expectant mums suffering from morning sickness. Taking small amount of ginger in any form has given the moms-to-be great relief.
Ginger is used in many traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions to neutralize the effects of ingredients that could otherwise be toxic. Ginger is used most often by the Chinese for a range of digestive and stomach problems. Some of these are bloating, heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea and Dyspepsia.
Taking ginger warms up your internal organs, makes you sweat and feel warm. It eases menstrual cramps and soothes the stomach. Ginger also gives relief to sore throat, toothache, headache, cold and cough.
The gingerols found in ginger 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 ginger has the ability to inhibit the colorectal cancer cells forming in humans.
Ginger is very concentrated and only a small amount is needed to gain the benefits. You can take it as tea, capsules, powder, and tincture, pill, fresh or dried. For medicinal use fresh ginger is still considered the best. To experience its health benefits you can steep few slices of ginger in hot water to drink. Ginger has not been approved by FDA for use as a remedy. Even after thousands of years ginger still maintains its importance in traditional Chinese medicine. We simply cannot deny the fact that ginger is a very valuable alternative medicine.