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Ginger Better than Drugs for Pain?

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Ginger Better than Drugs for Pain?

New research in the Journal of Pain reports that ginger is an effective natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce pain and inflammation.  Both raw ginger and heated ginger were used in the study with similar effectiveness.  The scientists specifically explored ginger’s effects on muscle pain.

Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine in India as a natural anti-inflammatory food.  Dr. Krishna C. Srivastava, a world-renowned research on the therapeutic effects of spices, at Odense University in Denmark has also conducted extensive research into the anti-pain effects of ginger. In one study, Dr. Srivastava gave arthritic patients small amounts of ginger daily for three months.  The majority of people had significant improvements in pain, swelling, and morning stiffness by eating ginger daily.

Dr. Srivastava also found that ginger was superior to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol or Advil because NSAIDs only work on one level:  to block the formation of inflammatory compounds.  Ginger, on the other hand, blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds–prostaglandins and leukotrienes–and also has antioxidant effects that break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints.

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11:08AM PDT on May 8, 2013

Ginger is an amazing plant / food!

6:32AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thanks ..

1:25AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thank you :)

6:18AM PDT on May 4, 2013

interesting

5:13AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thank you Michelle, for Sharing this!

12:02AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thanks.

10:58AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Perhaps but can it cure a broken heart???

6:36AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Thank you Michelle, for Sharing this!

4:08PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thanks for the article.

6:05PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thank you!

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