Ginger is extremely powerful natural ingredient which has anti-inflammatory properties and it has been used In the treatment of many health conditions. It should be also mentioned that you can use ginger after a long day in order to relieve tense muscles. All you have to do is to add ginger to your bath. In this article we will present you all the benefits of ginger.
Beside its great medicinal properties, ginger is also used in many different culinary dishes to enhance its flavor, used as a garnish or as a side to a meal. Moreover, you can also make a ginger tea if you want to reap its benefits.
Ginger is especially effective at soothing joint or muscle pain, which is why people usually use it to treat conditions like arthritis. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it has the ability to treat joint pain and it is even more effective than most conventional pain relievers. Ginger suppresses leukotrienes, the muscles that cause inflammation, and in fact, it switches off inflammatory genes. This is why ginger is more effective and because it gets to the root and fixes the problem, while the ordinary pain killers only block the enzymes that cause swelling pain.
One research states that taking 255 milligrams of a specific ginger extract (Eurovita extract 77) two times per day will help you reduce joint pain and inflammation.
Moreover, ginger can also help in the treatment of muscle soreness and pain. One study conducted on 74 healthy individuals who performed a variety of exercises meant to cause muscle pain over an 11 day period, were taking either ginger supplements or a placebo pill. The results showed that those who took the ginger supplement had significant reductions in muscle pain.
One of the researchers who participated in the study was Christopher D. Black, Ph.D. and he discovered that ginger is directly responsible for this reduction in muscle pain.
“Daily consumption of raw or heat-treated ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury,” said Black.
Topical use of ginger
Some other studies have discovered that ginger has yet another similar benefit. According to all studies, in order to get all the benefits from ginger, you should consume a ginger extract or supplement, but there is yet another way to go about it.
The Journal Holistic Nursing published a study conducted on 20 individuals who were suffering from chronic joint pain caused by arthritis. The individuals were separated In 2 groups, where one of the groups was treated with a homemade ginger compress, while the other group with a standardized ginger patch.
The results showed that there was 50% increase in satisfaction because before the treatment, 80% of the entire group were dissatisfied with their health and after the study, even 70% of the individuals were satisfied with their improvement in health. The topical treatment was taken one full week for 30 minutes every day, and both of the groups noticed significant reduction in joint pain.
As you can see, this study proves the benefits of ginger and its anti-inflammatory properties.
Taking a ginger bath is the best solution if you want to cover all your body parts in ginger. On the other hand, when you use a patch or a compress, you only treat one part of you body.
- 5-6 inches of ginger root
- Bathtub full of hot water
You should take a decent of ginger root, considering the volume of water you will be using which will be relatively large.
The water should be put on the hottest setting possible because it should be steaming. After that, chop the ginger into slices that are about 1/8 of an inch thick while the bath is filling up. Add them into the baththub while the water is still running and when your bath is filled, sit for about 5-10 minutes and make it sure the water is cool enough to get in. Submerge your body as much as possible and stay there for at least half an hour. Repeat this procedure as much as possible to help reduce or prevent muscle and joint pain.