Ginger is praised by the Indian literatures as ‘the healer of all diseases’. It is high in potassium, necessary for the heart function, and high in manganese, a mineral that builds resistance to disease. It protects the lining of the heart and circulatory system.
Spicy ginger, the wonder healer for many a disease, comes from the underground rhizome of the ginger plant, known botanically as Zingiber officinalis. Though its origin is from the east, it was widely used by the Greeks and the Romans of the west, even two thousand years ago. Recent researches have found that ginger is effective for reducing the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, and the pain associated with menstruation and that it is effective against colon cancer and the devastating effects of liver cancer.
Ten wonderful healing benefits of ginger
1) A distinguished healer spice
Ginger has a refreshing smell and a pungent taste that most people like and it is widely used in all the ancient medicinal systems of the east. Its medicinal properties can heal muscular pain, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders such as cough and cold and even impotency and spermatorrhea.
2) Traditional detoxifier
Ancient literatures say that ginger was traditionally used by the Chinese and Mediterranean people when preparing seafood because it acts as a detoxifier to prevent seafood poisoning.
3) Ginger tea, a great energizer
Drinking ginger tea has been regularly recommended by Ayurvedic as well as Chinese physicians as an energizer and a way to retain vitality. Taken internally, it is a stimulating carminative, and externally, it is used as a painkiller which relieves muscular pain.
4) Relentless warrior against colon cancer
Ginger offers potent protection from cancer. Researches reveal that eating ginger confers powerful protection against cancer. Scientists at the Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii recently found out that the bioactivity of 6-gingerol and ginger extract in two key aspects of colon cancer. Ginger fights against cancer cell proliferation and the ability of cancer cells to establish and maintain their own blood supplies. Many researches have revealed that 6-gingerol has two types of anti-tumor effects.
5) Ginger fights ovarian cancer
Gingerol from ginger can also kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing programmed cell death and self-digestion. Exposure to this ginger extract caused cell death and decreased the ovarian cancer cells considerably. It is said that chemotherapy only suppresses the inflammatory markers, but these cancer cells frequently become resistant to the drugs whereas ginger kills them. Frequent use of ginger is good for all cancers.
6) Promotes the tone of the bowels
Ginger has been found to increase the action and tone of the bowels, as well as to increase the bile secretion. Ginger has been used treat all digestive problems such as heart burning, vomiting, stomach cramps and loss of appetite.
7) Helps heart functioning
Ginger reduces the stickiness of blood platelets, and therefore helps reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Ginger is beneficial to the heart since daily use of it can slow the production of triglycerides and LDL, the bad cholesterol.
8) Ginger the effective healer of respiratory disorders
Ginger has been found effective in dispelling pathogens by inducing sweating, expelling cold, and stopping cough by reducing excess phlegm in the lungs. A teaspoonful of ginger juice mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey makes an excellent mixture for clearing respiratory track acting as an expectorant in bronchitis, and asthma.
9) A handy remedy for cold and cough
Ginger, used with lemon and honey, is an effective remedy for cold, sore throat and cough. Decoction of grated ginger boiled in water is a healthy drink for the throat troubles and cold.
10) Ginger relieves motion sickness
Ginger is effective at preventing the symptoms of motion sickness and seasickness. Researchers have found it to be effective in reducing all symptoms including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweats.