In Asia, ginger has been used not only in the kitchen for thousands of years, but also as a natural remedy. In our latitudes the "miracle bulb" is getting more and more attention. Be it in pumpkin soup or Thai curry or as a natural remedy for colds or travel sickness
In soup or in tea
Ginger has been used in parts of Asia for thousands of years as both a kitchen ingredient and a cure for disease. In this country, too, the "miracle bulb" is becoming increasingly popular. For example, many people know ginger as an ingredient in pumpkin soup, as part of various Thai curries, in the inlaid version for sushi, and in tea or smoothie. The root with the fruity-spicy note has become an integral part of modern cuisine in our latitudes. And it is now also known as a remedy for us. A current article by the “Frankfurter Rundschau” (FR) gives an overview of what ginger really helps.
Ginger extract can relieve pain in osteoarthritis
It has been scientifically proven that ginger can relieve pain and has an anti-inflammatory effect. For example, US scientists from the University of Georgia have found that ginger is effective against muscle pain after excessive exercise. Furthermore, researchers from the University of Miami were able to demonstrate a pain-relieving effect in osteoarthritis in a study with around 250 test subjects. It was shown that knee pain was reduced in 63 percent of osteoarthritis patients after six weeks of treatment with ginger extracts. Ginger is also used as a home remedy for headaches.
Home remedies for motion sickness
In addition, ginger is often effective in the travel sickness associated with nausea and vomiting as well as dizziness. The FR gives an example of this: According to an experiment with 80 Danish cadets who took either a placebo or a gram of ginger powder at sea, those who were given the powder experienced less nausea within the following four hours, than those who received the placebo. As an investigation with leukemia patients suggests, ginger is also said to relieve nausea in chemotherapy patients. Last year, German Cancer Aid reported that the root had a convincing effect against the stomach problems associated with chemotherapy.
Ginger tea against cold symptoms
Ginger is also said to have a positive effect on the eyes. In a study with rats, scientists came to the conclusion that the plant could delay or even prevent the development of cataracts in diabetes. In natural medicine, ginger has long been used against high blood lipid levels. Furthermore, ginger is often used for colds. For example, you can peel a thumb-sized piece of ginger bulb, cut it into thin slices and pour a cup of boiling water over it. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), such a hot ginger tea can strengthen the immune system.
Vitamins and minerals
Ginger is also popular as a home remedy for bloating. The tuber works with digestive problems, diarrhea, loss of appetite and numerous other complaints. As the FR writes, you can never go wrong if you like to spice your soup with ginger, because after all the root contains not only the essential oils but also some vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, sodium and calcium. In conclusion, it is reported that ginger has a warming effect due to its sharpness and also stimulates blood circulation. It is therefore no wonder that ginger is also sought after as an aphrodisiac. (ad)
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