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What are benefits and uses of ginger?

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Lab and animal studies have found that ginger may, theoretically:

Clinical evidence shows evidence that ginger may be helpful in lowering blood sugar and blood pressure.

Some people apply ginger compresses to the skin for pain. We don't know if this works or not.

  • 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 Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 08, 2017

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 Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 08, 2017

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