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Ginger is Better than Drugs for Pain, says Study

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Ginger is Better than Drugs for Pain, says Study

A new study published in the journal Arthritis compared ginger extract to the common drugs betamethasone (cortisone) and ibuprofen for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

While ibuprofen is a popular pain remedy (such as Advil or Motrin), in this study it showed no effect on cytokine production.  Cytokines are immune-regulating substances that can have inflammatory effects on the body, and are therefore linked to pain.  In this study, both betamethasone and ginger extract reduced cytokines in comparable amounts.   The authors of the study indicate that,n “ginger extract was as effective an anti-inflammatory agent as betamethasone in this in vitro model.”

While betamethasone has been used for decades to relieve pain, it is also linked with many serious side-effects, including:  vision problems, weight gain, swelling, shortness of breath, depression, seizures, pancreatitis, heart arrhythmias, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, severe headaches, anxiety, chest pains, sleep problems, acne, slow wound healing, and more.  Ginger, however, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is safe for use. For more information, consult Arthritis-Proof.

Other research by Dr. Krishna C. Srivastava, a world-renowned researcher on the therapeutic effects of spices, at Odense University in Denmark, found that ginger is an effective and superior anti-pain remedy. 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.

Further research in the Journal of Pain also report 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.

Keep reading to discover how to reap the anti-pain benefits of ginger…

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5:13PM PST on Nov 11, 2014

great , thanks for knowledge

12:43AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

The ginger reallly assist to remove your pain as compared to drugs
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11:12PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

I've always used ginger for stomach issues and nausea...never for pain..will have to try for that.

12:12PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

It´s true !!!

8:05AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014


11:46AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

I love ginger, and this might work for some general pain relief, but for those with chronic or acute pain, few things (if any) substitute for true pain meds as a panacea. Nothing works for everyone.

The story is too long for a comment here, but I can tell you several cases (including my own) how, in this one category -- where I am generally inclined away from mere Western medicine -- that the "alternative" solutions were much worse than what Western medicine had to offer.

Indeed, all disciplines have something to offer and each has an area in which they excel. This is the true lesson of the Ayurvedic Study.

1:09PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

I don't really like the taste of ginger but will learn to like it after reading this informative article. Thank you. :-)

4:44AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Curd with little ginger juice adding little chopped green chilly and salt to taste make an excellent dish(inji thair) which help digestion and control bad cholesterol

10:31AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Great to know! I just love natural remedies!

10:23AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Thank you.
I had never imagined anything like ginger could take pain away.
I will store this article for the future.

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