The best of East meets West in ginger, because current medical research agrees that ginger has a myriad of health benefits.
Ginger root (in dried or fresh forms) is said to help:
* soothe digestive disturbances
* alleviate nausea (great in early pregnancy)
* reduce fever
* calm coughing and respiratory troubles
* stimulate the circulatory system
* relieve muscle aches and pain
* get rid of dandruff
* lower cholesterol
* lower blood pressure and cancer risk
Is Ginger Safe?
There are warnings in both traditional Chinese medicine and some medical texts about using ginger during pregnancy, though it is generally agreed that ginger can be used in moderation. Always check with a doctor or midwife to be sure. Studies found that eating as much as 2 to 3 tablespoons of raw ginger or 5 to 8 tablespoons of dried ginger daily will not stimulate uterine contraction, so it seems pretty safe to say most of us are not consuming enough ginger to cause a problem.
While in the right amount ginger helps digestive, excessive use may in fact cause gastrointestinal upset. As always, moderation and a varied diet is best.
Where to Get Ginger Root
Fresh organic ginger is available in many grocery stores. For ease of storage, dried ginger root is convenient option