GINGER –HEALTH BENEFIT AND SIDE EFFECT
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an Asian plant. The ginger spice is derived from the plant’s roots. It is used as a food flavoring as well as a medicine. Ginger contains chemicals that may help to alleviate nausea and swelling. These chemicals appear to work in the stomach and intestines, but they may also aid in nausea control in the brain and nervous system. Ginger is commonly used to treat a variety of nausea and vomiting symptoms. It’s also used to treat menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis, diabetes, migraine headaches, and other ailments, but there’s little scientific evidence to back up many of these claims. There is also no strong evidence to support the use of ginger to treat COVID-19.
Cramps during menstruation (dysmenorrhea).
Taking ginger by mouth during the first 3-4 days of a menstrual cycle helps to alleviate painful periods. It appears to be as effective as some pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, mefenamic acid, or Novafen. Taking ginger with medications like mefenamic acid appears to be beneficial as well.
Some people with osteoarthritis may benefit from taking ginger by mouth. However, applying ginger gel or oil to the knee does not appear to help.
Irritable bowel syndrome.
Taking ginger by mouth appears to reduce nausea and vomiting in some pregnant women. However, it may work slower or not as well as some anti-nausea medications.
Ginger is probably safe to consume by mouth. It can cause mild side effects such as heartburn, diarrhea, burping, and stomach discomfort. Higher doses of 5 grams per day increase the risk of side effects.
When applied to the skin, ginger may be safe if used for a short period of time. Some people may experience skin irritation as a result of it.
Precautions and Warnings:
When consumed in foods, ginger is most likely safe during pregnancy.
It may be safe to take as medicine by mouth during pregnancy. Some experts advise against using it close to the delivery date because it may increase the risk of bleeding. However, it appears that it is safe to use for morning sickness without causing harm to the baby. Before using ginger during pregnancy, consult with your doctor. When eaten in foods, ginger is most likely safe for breast-feeding mothers. There isn’t enough reliable information to say whether taking larger amounts of ginger while breast-feeding is safe. To be on the safe side, avoid using it. Ginger’s children
is possibly safe when taken orally by teenagers around the start of their period for up to four days. Disorders of bleeding: Taking ginger may increase your risk of bleeding. Heart conditions: High doses of ginger may aggravate certain heart conditions. Ginger may help with blood clotting during surgery. It may result in additional bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using ginger at least two weeks before your surgery.