Modern medicine has tested and validated Asian countries’ practice of using ginger for medicinal purposes, as well as discovered many more of its wonderful benefits.
Ginger is a spice commonly used in meat dishes as it softens the meat and adds flavor. In addition, ginger is also used as food preservative.
1. Digestive dysfunctions
Ginger root and ginger oil are often used to treat digestive dysfunction. It is one of the best ways to alleviate indigestion, stomach pain, diarrhea, and other digestion-related problems. Ginger tea is also used to relieve several digestive issues and boost appetite.
2. Food poisoning
As ginger has anti-bacterial properties, it can be used to treat food poisoning, gastro-intestinal infection and dysentery caused by bacteria.
3. Nausea and vomiting
Studies have shown that ginger root and oil can abate nausea, motion sickness, vomiting, and in certain cases, morning sickness.
4. Cardiovascular problems
Many practitioners of Eastern medicine believe that ginger can strengthen cardiovascular health and prevent cardiovascular illnesses. Preliminary studies have shown that it could lower cholesterol level and prevent blood clots, reducing the risk of vascular occlusion and the likelihood of cardiovascular stroke.
5. Respiratory dysfunction
As both ginger and ginger oil can reduce phlegm, it is valuable in treating other respiratory issues such as cold, flu, coughing, bronchitis, asthma and respiratory failure. Ginger is also effective in lessening mucus in throats and lungs. The practice of using honey and ginger to treat respiratory problems is very common in many Asian countries.
6. Pain and inflammation
Ginger extract is often used in traditional medicine to alleviate inflammation. Research has shown that its anti-inflammatory properties are due to the zingibain enzyme contained in ginger. This enzyme is a natural pain-killer, reducing muscle spasm, arthritis, headache and migraine. Ginger oil and powder can also be used in massaging to relieve headache and muscle tension. If used regularly, ginger reduces the level of prostaglandin, thus abating pain.
7. Menstrual disorders
Ginger works to alleviate menstrual pain and treat irregular period.
Ginger root and oil is also very effective in treating malaria and yellow fever.
Ginger oil has a calming effect, reducing stress, tension and dizziness.
10. Erectile dysfunctions
Ginger is good for men because it can boost sex drive, thus effective in reducing erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Recently, a Chinese scientist discovered that ginger also worked in treating epididymitis.
Ginger-contained water is believed to be able to dissolve kidney stones.
12. Hair care
Ginger extract reduces dandruff.
According to a report of the American Cancer Society a study conducted on animals revealed that ginger could be useful in treating cancer through chemotherapy.