Benefits of
Vishnu Mohan | 04 Dec 2006

To write something on ginger should not be construed as any monkey business - it is serious. In Asian societies, ginger has always been known for its healing powers. It greatly helps combat indigestion. Ginger has long been used as an aid for stomach

To write something on ginger should not be construed as any monkey business - it is serious.

In Asian societies, ginger has always been known for its healing powers.  It greatly helps combat indigestion.  Ginger has long been used as an aid for stomach upset.  Its juice can be diluted with water and honey and consumed (slightly warm) to combat indigestion.  Those people who experience nausea and vomiting will greatly benefit by using ginger.  Nausea caused due to pregnancy, motion sickness, indigestion, or as a result of anaesthesia or chemotherapy can be corrected by using ginger.

How indigeston occurs ??? In today's world, thanks to the ever widening menu of strange foods, colours, food chemicals, processing chemicals, additives and preservatives, our digestive system is greatly challenged.  To add to this, we often ear irregularly, exercise very little, work till late, sleep less, and are constantly stressed.  It is no wonder that most of us have badly maintained digestive systems.  Symptoms of indigestion include belching, abdominal pain, bloatedness, diarrhoea, constipation, burning sensation after eating food, nausea, joint and muscle pain and weakness.  These symptoms could be due to a disorder in the stomach or in the intestine.

Certain foods and beverages can cause indigestion as they irritate the digestive tract.  These include alcohol, colas, coffee, friend foods, maida-based foods, spicy and greasy foods and preserved foods.  One may also suffer from indigestion if he has liver problems, gall stones, ulcers and lack of friendly bacteria.

Psychological factors also contribute to indigestion.  Stress, anxiety, anger can disturb digestion.  Sometimes indigestion can be caused by insufficient hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach.  HCL levels decline with age. 

If food is not digested properly, it ferments producing hydrogen and carbon dioxide causing gas and bloating which could cause chest pain and stomach ache.  Foods such as grains and pulses are difficult to digest and cause bloatedness.

Today it is proved, benefits of ginger are IMMENSE.

Pythagorus was one of its greatest supporters in Ancient Greece. King Henry VIII of England used it to protect against the plague. Though we don't know for sure if ginger can actually protect you from the plague, we do know that it is beneficial in many other ways.

The American Phytotherapy Research Laboratory in Salt Lake City has conducted a classic study on motion sickness, which may cause you to leave the dramamine on the shelf during your next vacation. By spinning motion sickness-prone students in two groups-one group was given Dramamine, the other group ginger - it was discovered that the group given the ginger was able to withstand the full 6 minute "spin" with less nausea and dizziness, while the other group stopped the ride within 4-1/2 minutes.

Japanese researchers believe the gingerols found in ginger, may be responsible for blocking the body's reflex to vomit. Taking 1/4 teaspoon 20 minutes before a car or boat trip should give you about 4 hours of relief. Another popular remedy is 3 or 4 slices of sliced ginger in a cup of boiling water to make ginger tea. Sip as needed to relieve nausea caused by motion sickness.

Denmark researchers have discovered that ginger can block the effects of prostaglandins. These are substances that cause inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain, which leads to migraines. Though the results are still experimental, 1/3 teaspoon of fresh of powdered ginger taken when you feel a migraine coming on can help stop pain before it starts. Using the same theory, ginger has been found to produce "marked" relief in arthritis pain. The ginger tea described above or 1/2 teaspoon of ginger is recommended by Danish researchers for arthritis relief.

A researcher at Cornell University Medical College discovered that ginger has an effect on blood clots that is similar to that of aspirin. By the same token, it appears that high cholesterol levels are lowered using the same active ingredient,thromboxane.

When buying ginger, fresh is best! Be sure to avoid ginger with dry, wrinkled, skin, mold or soft spots. African and Indian ginger are the most potent. Ginger can definitely give you many benefits but more is not always better. An ounce a day should give you all the benefits you will need.