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The Healing Properties of Ginger Root

Ginger root, or Gan Jiang, as it's referred to in Chinese medicine, is growing in popularity in the West for it's healthful properties. But did you know that ginger has actually been used medicinally for thousands of years across the globe? It's true!

Maybe you've heard that ginger is good for soothing a stomachache? Or even helpful in reducing knee pain? I'm happy to report that the hype surrounding ginger root is based on great traditional wisdom and modern research.

Here are the top 3 commonly use medicinal purposes for ginger root:

1.) Anti-Nausea Properties:

The Chinese people have been using ginger root in culinary dishes, especially seafood, for ages. It's "detoxifying" purposes were thought to prevent food-poisoning. In addition, ginger root is often used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine formulations. Often being prescribed digestive complaints, it is a traditional remedy that works wonders. Whether your nausea is due to pregnancy, chemotherapy, or motion sickness, you may want to give ginger a try.

2.) Antioxidant Boost:

Modern research has shown that ginger root is an abundant source of antioxidants. Why are these little nutrients so important? I'm glad you asked! Antioxidants are often plant based components that may help protect cells from damage. The body uses antioxidants as a natural defense against the cascading and damaging effects of free radicals in the body. One of the most significant antioxidants in ginger root is geraniol which is currently being studied for it's cancer fighting potential.

3.) Anti-Inflamatory Properties & Pain Relief:
Ginger has been successfully shown to help alleviate pain in patients suffering from joint pain, muscle aches, and even migraine headaches. Because pain is often the result of inflamation in the body, the anti-inflamatory properties of ginger root help to reduce and control pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS, have potential side effects ranging from mild to deadly. Why take the risk if you can manage your pain with this delicious and abundant alternative?

You can find fresh ginger root at most grocery stores. It's also available in a variety of other forms you may want to keep on hand such as essential oil and dried powder.

If you're interested in learning more about how food can help you heal, schedule your appointment today!