Ginger has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years with its most well-known benefit being nausea relief, particularly nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness, travel sickness and pregnancy. But did you know that this humble herb has a multitude of other health benefits?
Pain Relief: Ginger may help reduce the frequency of and provide temporary relief from migraine headaches. With antispasmodic, analgesic (acting to relieve pain) and anti-inflammatory qualities, research shows that ginger can also help reduce the symptoms of period pain and cramping in some women when taken during menstruation.*
Osteoarthritis: Ginger has been shown to help relieve the pain, swelling, aches and muscular discomfort associated with mild osteoarthritis. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory action also helps increase joint mobility and helps relieve morning stiffness associated with mild osteoarthritis.
Digestion: Ginger may help relieve gastrointestinal discomfort, digestive upset, bloating, indigestion, flatulence and colic. Ginger’s ability to calm and soothe the stomach may be attributed to its gastrointestinal tonic and antispasmodic actions.
Circulation: Ginger aids in the maintenance of peripheral circulation and helps stimulate and warm the body and relieve those cold hands and feet.
Nausea: Ginger helps in reducing the severity and duration of nausea and vomiting associated with both motion sickness and pregnancy related sickness.
1. Rahnama, P. et al. Effect of Zingiber officinale R. rhizomes (ginger) on pain relief in primary dysmenorrhea: a placebo randomized trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012; 12: 92 – 100.
2. Jenabi, E. The effect of ginger for relieving of primary dysmenorrhoea. JPMA 63: 8, 2013