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What are the health benefits of ginger?

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Ginger is a common folk treatment for upset stomach and nausea. It also seems to aid digestion and saliva flow.

Ginger could help with painful periods. And there's strong evidence that ginger may ease osteoarthritis pain. It may also help with rheumatoid arthritis, muscle and joint pain, and headache. Some people apply ginger compresses to the skin for pain.

Ginger may:

Not all of these uses have been studied well. Talk to your doctor before you start taking ginger.

  • Lessen swelling
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Protect against Alzheimer's disease
  • Prevent blood clotting

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Ginger."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Ginger."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Ginger."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 26, 2020

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Ginger."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Ginger."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Ginger."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 26, 2020

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