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The Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger

My students would have heard me advocating the benefits of “Ginger Soup” during a cold or flu, especially when it’s at that stage of the itchy throat before it have had time to penetrate deeper into the body. It’s not my recipe but I’m passing on here as so many people have benefited from it.

Ginger is a medical herb used for centuries as a spice and also for its therapeutic qualities. The underground stem, the rhizome, can be used fresh, powdered, dried, or as an oil or juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, as are cardamom, turmeric and galangal.
What are the therapeutic benefits of ginger?
Below are examples of some scientific studies on ginger and its current or potential uses in medical treatment.

Inflammation of the colon or large intestine

Ginger Root Supplement administered to volunteer participants reduced inflammation in the colon within a month. This was the findings of a study carried out at the University of Michigan Medical School. Experts say that inflammation of the colon is a precursor to colon cancer.

Muscle pain caused by exercise

Ginger has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and can bring relief to those sore muscles post exercise. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints. A study by Patrick O’Connor, a professor at University of Georgia published in The Journal of Pain that ginger benefited muscle pain when those muscles were subjected to strenuous exercise.

Nausea caused by chemotherapy

Dr Julie Ryan, lead researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center presented a study findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Orlando, Florida, in 2009 that ginger supplements administered alongside anti-vomiting medications can reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea symptoms by 40%. Dr. Ryan said “By taking the ginger prior to chemotherapy treatment, the National Cancer Institute-funded study suggests its earlier absorption into the body may have anti-inflammatory properties.”

Ovarian cancer

Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ovarian cancer cells, when exposed to a solution of ginger powder resulted in their death in every single test as reported at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Washington D.C., 2006.

Asthma

Researchers at Columbia University found that certain components of ginger can alleviate symptoms of asthma as reported at the American Thoracic Society International Conference 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Liver damage

Liver damage is associated with certain popular painkillers such as Acetaminophen or “Tylenol” or “paracetamol”. Researchers from the National Research Centre in Egypt reported “Our results demonstrated that ginger can prevent hepatic injuries, alleviating oxidative stress in a manner comparable to that of vitamin E. Combination therapy of ginger and acetaminophen is recommended especially in cases with hepatic (liver) disorders or when high doses of acetaminophen are required.”

High blood pressure

Researchers from Chiang Mai University in Thailand found that cassumunar ginger extract was more effective than prazosin hydrochloride in reducing blood pressure in hypertensive laboratory rats.

Dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation)

researchers from the Islamic Azad University in Iran found that Ginger can help reduce the symptoms of pain in primary dysmenorrhoea (period pains). The researchers found that the 82.85% of the women taking the ginger capsules reported improvements in pain symptoms compared to 47.05% of those on placebo.

Migraines

Researchers from VALI-e-ASR Hospital in Iran found that ginger powder is as effective in treating common migraine symptoms as many pain killers that are common for treating migraine.

Appetiser

Poor appetite or Spleen Qi Deficiency (TCM). Eating fresh ginger about one hour before lunch has been shown to improve a poor appetite and help us get those essential nutrients for everyday life. Its also good at helping to reduce flatulence!

Optimum Absorption of Essential Nutrients

Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

Post Surgery Nausea

Eating a piece of raw ginger dipped in honey helps to overcome nausea after energy saping surgery.

Nose and throat congestion

Drink some ginger tea to release congestion from these areas and the ginger will also keep you warm during times when there’s a nip in the air. Ginger clears the ‘micro-circulatory channels’ of the body, including the sinuses that tend to flare up at certain times.

Aphrodisiac

In Ayurvedic texts ginger is considered the perfect herb when you want to induce a little zest in the bedroom. Add some ginger root to a bowl of soup to spice up your lovelife.

Side Effects are rare but they need to be mentioned here.

  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach upset
  • Mouth irritation

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.


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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.

10 Superfoods that Lower Blood Pressure

10 Super foods to Lower Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure also known as Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. It effects almost 25% of the population in the developed world, which gives us the first major clue as to its cause. There are many factors that contribute to Hypertension, including poor diet, stress, poor exercise habits and genetics.
There are so many people on prescription medication and this article does not encourage people to change this unless they consult with their doctors. To manage high blood pressure, prevent or reduce it, we can engage in many simple and natural behaviours. This article focuses on the benefits of certain foods or as they have become known “Superfoods” that can help with this killer condition. A Superfood is a food that contains essential nutrients that have a powerful effect of body health and are commonly prescribed in nutritional healing. Many superfoods have been shown reduce blood pressure in just 2 weeks, when combined with regular walking. The superfoods mentions in this article have also been shown to improve your sleep and reduce headaches.

Purple Potatoes

These delicious veggies served boiled (not deep fried or topped with fatty sauses) have been shown to benefit your heart. They are rich in potassium and contain a blood pressure-lowering compound called kukoamines. Studies show that people who consume purple potatoes twice a day for a month lowered their blood pressure by 3%-4% without gaining weight. The blood pressure reducing effects are likely due to the high concentration of antioxidants found naturally in potatoes. Antioxidants protect your body from “free radicals”, which are little molecules in our bodies that can damage healthy cells.

Kiwi

Eating just 3 kiwis a day may naturally lower blood pressure according to a 2011 study, as opposed to eating an apple a day. The 8 week study found that individuals who consumed the kiwis had significantly lower systolic blood pressure than those who ate an apple a day. Kiwis are rich in the antioxidant Lutein, which helps deal with free radicals which are often linked to high blood pressure. Generally Kiwis are one of the most antioxidant rich fruits, as reported by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition along with grapes, and wild blueberries.

Hawthorn Berries

Hawthorn have been shown improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart during contractions, the nutrients help widen the blood vessels, and increase the communication of nerve signals. Research also shows that hawthorn benefits people in lowering their high have blood pressure. A compound in hawthorn called proanthocyanidin has an effect of relaxing blood vessels away from the heart.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea has been used to treat high blood pressure in both African and Asian traditional medicine. In 1996, researchers in Nigeria confirmed this ancient knowledge by showing that hibiscus flowers reduced blood pressure. Soon after, researchers in Iran showed the same benefit. After measuring the blood pressure of 54 hypertensive adults, the researchers gave them 10 ounces of either black tea or hibiscus tea for 12 days. Average blood pressure decreased slightly in the black tea group, but decreased a significant 10 percent in the hibiscus group.

Garlic

Garlic with its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, can treat coronary heart disease by clearing arteries. Garlic relaxes your arteries and lowers blood pressure with the gas it produces in the stomach. Eating one garlic clove a day can significantly reduce your blood pressure in as little as three months. You can also use garlic powder in preparing recipes or take a garlic supplement.

Apples

Apples are rich in potassium and phosphorus and are low in sodium. Apples with honey have long been used to reduce blood pressure problems. Potassium has been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks. By eating an apple or two a day, sodium in the tissues is reduced and replaced by potassium and blood pressure comes down.

Bananas

One banana a day can provide a dose of potassium, helping to reduce blood pressure and deflect cardiovascular diseases. Bananas have a high content of potassium, which is also known to reduce the risk of stroke. Salt should be avoided by people suffering from Hypertension, and bananas are low in sodium.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolates contain cacao which helps to dilate the blood vessels causing reduction in blood pressure. It is necessary to use chocolates which contain at least 70% cocoa powder. Eat one tiny square of dark chocolate daily for three to four months. Becareful because chocolate is high in calories so consume only small quantities without causing weight gain. Select the chocolates that are less in sugar and without milk to get maximum effect.

Watermelon

Watermelon is important for cardiovascular health as it contains the carotenoid phytonutrient called Lycopene like tomatoes, which has anti- inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. Citrulline present in watermelon helps the smooth muscles around the arteries to relax and ensures free flow of blood through it therefore reducing blood pressure.

Raisins

Regular consumption of raisins (three times a day) may significantly lower blood pressure, according to research, among individuals with mild increases in blood pressure, especially when compared to eating other common snacks. The results of the small study were presented recently at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session. This is the first controlled study to scientifically support raisins’ blood pressure-lowering effects compared to alternative snacks.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of high blood pressure, it is recommended to check your blood pressure regularly. If you have very high blood pressure, you must see your doctor, who may prescribe medication. Try these superfoods to reduce or prevent high blood pressure. Making essential lifestyle changes along with taking these Superfoods for high blood pressure will provide better results at a faster rate.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.


We have a very popular "live" online course starting soon especially to train you in the theory of Traditional Chinese Nutritional Therapy.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.