Ginger, an Ancient Digestive Remedy
I like all kinds of tea, so we usually have a variety of stock in our cupboard: chai-white, chai-green, green tea-jasmine (this is my favorite!), earl grey, and chamomile. Peppermint tea is also good to have, because it can control appetite when you drink it before meals (Peppermint, the Almighty Natural Digestive Aid!), and it is especially helpful for weight loss.
Ginger as a Digestive Aid
There are some ‘digestive teas’ at a health food store and I noticed a common ingredient in them… ginger. So, ginger is well known as a great digestive aid and also used for controlling nausea. You can find it in many different forms, such as: tea, powder, hard candy, soft candy, crystalized ginger, and also ‘dark chocolate covered crystalized ginger’ at a bulk store. Some of them are very handy and helpful when traveling.
Ginger is possibly effective for:
- Nausea and vomiting caused by HIV/AIDS treatment
- Painful menstrual periods
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting following surgery
- Dizziness (vertigo)
There is another way of consuming ginger which is ‘pink pickled ginger’ served with sushi. Have you ever wondered why this ginger always comes with sushi? Is this just to clear the pallet while eating different kinds of ingredients?
Well, ginger has another property which works against some parasites. When you eat raw fish, chances are, microscopic unwanted parasites may be present. Eating ginger along with sushi helps not only indigestion, but also preventing harmful contamination.
I also like adding ginger in my soup, stew fly, dumpling, and other Asian dishes. I find the easiest way to keep fresh ginger handy is to freeze them. It is very handy, I just take it out from freezer and grate frozen ginger into any dishes. It adds a nice flavor and a bit of bite.
How much ginger should I eat to get health benefit? Typical dosage (per day):
- Capsules- up to eight 500 to 600mg
- Powder- ½ to 1tsp
- Tincture- 10 to 20 drops in water three times
- Tea- 2 to 3 cups (simmer 1 tsp of grated fresh root or ½ tsp of powdered root in 1 cup for 10 minutes)
Be cautious with medications
Ginger is likely safe when taken reasonable amount orally. However, some people may experience mild side effects such as; heartburn, diarrhea, and general abdominal discomfort.
Ginger interacts with medications (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) that slow blood clotting, because ginger also have an anticoagulant property. So that, taking ginger along with such medications might increase the risks of bruising and bleeding.
Ginger may also be helpful to regulate blood pressure and improve circulation. Therefore, you need to speak to your health care practitioner before taking ginger as a supplement if you also take prescription blood-thinning medications. Ginger may increase the effects of these drugs.
Taking ginger may increase your chance of bleeding. Some women have reported more menstrual bleeding while supplementing ginger.
All is well and all the best!
“The Herbal Drugstore” by Linda B. White, M.D., and Steven Foster