Ginger

Ginger

Ginger
Ginger supplements are most commonly used to relieve nausea, motion sickness and vomiting. Ginger can be used orally, topically and intramuscularly for a variety of other conditions. Learn more about ginger from our experts.

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    A , Gastroenterology, answered
    We have good clinical evidence suggesting that ginger is effective in motion sickness and pregnancy induced nausea, and some studies suggest it useful in post operative nausea.

    So how do I use ginger in my practice and my life? My own pantry features candied ginger -- a sugar cube-sized lump quells any transient nausea. I advise patients with nausea to try fresh ginger tea, and for those patients needing portability, ginger snaps (the nasty dry ones in the paper bag packaging) and the candied ginger work great. However, don’t be fooled; most ginger ale has little or no ginger.

    Caution: some authors suggest that dried ginger is not safe in pregnancy and may increase bleeding tendencies, so take caution with use around surgery or with anticoagulant therapy.
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    A , Healthcare, answered
    Ginger (zingiber officinale) has been used throughout history as a pain reliever for arthritis and other related ailments. According to a study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, extracts of this root spice has proved to be as effective as conventional painkillers in a clinical trial. Researchers tested the supplement on 250 people with osteoarthritis. Over a six week period, some were given a 255 milligram dose of the dietary supplement twice a day. The rest were given a placebo. Two-thirds of those given the ginger pills reported relief from pain.
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    A , Gastroenterology, answered
    How does ginger work as a stomach remedy?
    Ginger has been used for centuries as a stomach remedy for nausea, bloating, and overall stomach upset. In this video, gastroenterologist Roshini Raj, MD, explains some of the healthy benefits of ginger, and how you can work it into your diet. 
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    The oils contained in ginger reduce inflammation. You can try adding powdered ginger to hot water in the mornings, stirring it into your lunchtime lemonade, or concocting whatever ginger drink tastes best to you! You can also take ginger in tablet or capsule form.

    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    A , Integrative Medicine, answered
    Ginger has been used for a variety of health conditions. It is most famous for its relief of nausea associated with gastrointestinal distress or pregnancy.

    However, this anti-inflammatory spice has been studied for its positive association on the following conditions in several small clinical trials:
    • Pain relief for knee and hip osteoarthritis
    • Alleviation of menstrual pain
    • Blood sugar balancing support
    • Positive effects on metabolism 
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    A , Naturopathic Medicine, answered
    Ginger is an erect perennial herb that has thick tuberous rhizomes (underground stems and roots). Ginger's botanical name, Zingiber officinale, is likely derived from its Sanskrit name, singabera, meaning "horn-shaped."

    The rhizome is branched with small "arms," usually 2 inches in circumference. A piece of the rhizome is often called a "hand." It has a pale yellow interior and a skin varying in color from brown to off-white. Jamaican ginger, which is pale buff, is regarded as the best variety. African and Indian ginger is darker-skinned and generally inferior, with the exception of Kenyan ginger, and its flesh can be yellow, white, or red in color, depending upon the variety. The brown skin may be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young, respectively.

    The ginger rhizome has a firm yet striated texture and boasts a taste that is fragrant, pungent, and hot.

    Ginger is available in various forms:
    • Whole fresh roots: These provide the freshest taste. The roots are collected and shipped when they are still immature; the outer skin is a light green color.
    • Dried roots: These are sold either "black" with the root skin left on, or "white" with the skin peeled off. The dried root is available whole or sliced.
    • Powdered ginger: This is the buff-colored ground spice made from dried root.
    • Preserved or "stem" ginger: This is made from fresh young roots, peeled and sliced, then cooked in heavy sugar syrup. The ginger pieces and syrup are canned together. They are soft and pulpy but extremely hot and spicy.
    • Crystallized ginger: This is also cooked in sugar syrup, then air-dried, and rolled in sugar.
    • Pickled ginger: The root is sliced paper thin and pickled in a vinegar solution. This pickle, known in Japan as gari, often accompanies sushi to refresh the palate between courses.

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    A , Naturopathic Medicine, answered
    A randomized clinical trial has confirmed what many people suspect -- that ginger can decrease nausea caused by chemotherapy. The effect goes beyond that provided by standard anti-vomiting drugs.

    Patients taking ginger before chemotherapy found a 45% reduction in nausea and discomfort. This study shows the benefit and safety of using ginger with chemotherapy and anti-nausea medications.

    According to the study's author, Dr. Julie L. Ryan of the University of Rochester, the best results corresponded to a quarter to a half teaspoon of ground ginger. She added that either the ginger that comes in spice bottles or the ginger capsules sold in health food stores would probably work.

    They then rated the severity of their nausea four times a day. Those taking the ginger had a reduction of about 45 percent in severity compared with a previous round of chemotherapy in which they did not take the ginger. Those on the placebo had almost no change.
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    What medications can interact with ginger?
    When used in cooking, ginger doesn't tend to interact with medications; but in supplement form, it's more potent. In this video, integrative medicine specialist Tieraona Low Dog, MD, explains which medications may be impacted by ginger supplements.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Matcha is a gorgeous green powder made from whole, ground green tea leaves. Because you are consuming the entire leaf, you get its health benefits. Green tea is loaded with several potent phytochemicals, but one in particular, EGCG, seems to be associated with a metabolic boost. The ginger adds a zingy taste and spicy heat, which some researchers claim may give you an additional small boost in your body’s thermogenesis (the rate at which you burn calories).

    Why iced? One study reported that when subjects were given an ice-cold glass of water, their metabolic rate rose after 10 minutes and stayed elevated for about a half hour (although at least one later study questioned this claim). Be aware that green tea is high in caffeine (although a good deal less than coffee), which may account for some of the energy-boosting claims connected to it.

    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    A , Geriatric Medicine, answered
    Ginger has been shown to soothe the digestive lining and balance gastric juices. Make ginger tea by slicing fresh ginger root into two-inch long slices and boiling in one cup of water for five minutes. Strain out the ginger and sip the tea slowly.