Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ginger The Alternative Medicine

Ginger has been used for thousands of years 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 ginger for healing for over 5000 years. Today ginger is highly esteemed for its healing benefits 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.

When you consume ginger orally, you feel warm inside because ginger does warms up your organs inside and makes you sweat. It relieves stomach discomfort and menstrual cramps. Ginger also brings relief to toothache, headache, sore throat, 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.

About the Author
About the Author: Paulina Jenkins has a blog where she shares her views on nature's healing plants. One such plant isginger. In traditional Chinese medicineginger is a favorite ingredient

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