Ginger contains many vitamins and also manganese and copper, all of which are very essential for the proper functioning of the body. In this post, we will highlight some of the medical benefits of Ginger.
We’ll also discuss some of the medical benefits of ginger and take a look at its components.
Ginger is a perennial plant that has proven to be effective in the prevention, cure and control of the following diseases and infections: Pancreatitis, Headache, Blocked Fallopian Tubes, Premature Ejaculation, Infections, Athlete’s Foot, Chest pain, Low Libido, Pains, Urinary Tract Infection, Asthma, Lower Back Pain, Grey Hairs, Dizziness, Wrinkles, Tetanus, Loss of Smell, Muscle Sprains, Breast Pain, and many others.
Are you amazed how a single plant could be effective in such a number of diseases? Everyone is but there are different ways and method to use this wonder root, which has been under-utilized due to lack of information.
DISCLAIMER: The medicinal uses of Ginger discussed in this post haven’t undergone laboratory certification, but ginger has proven to be effective in the prevention and control of more than 100 diseases ravaging humanity.
We urge you to pay special attention to its side effect if consumed in excess.
Ginger is known by different names in Nigeria and other countries where it is valued and consumed and used as alternative medicines.
Different names of Ginger
- English: Ginger
- Yoruba: Ataale
- Hausa: Citta
- Swahili: Tangawizi
- India: Adrak
- Spanish: Jengibre
- French: Gingembre
- Chinese: 生姜
- Indonesia: Jahe
- Arabic: زنجبيل
There are debates over which country is the highest producer of ginger (India or Nigeria?), this post isn’t a debate. But we do know that ginger is cultivated in Nigeria (Southern Kaduna, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Nassarawa), India, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, Nigeria and other few countries.
- Ginger is perennial.
- It is grown in temperate, tropical, subtropical climates.
Side Effects Of Ginger (Ataale, Citta)
- Ginger may cause High Blood Pressure if taken in excess.
- Excess may cause Irritation.
- Avoid Ginger Oil during pregnancy.
- Avoid consumption if taking Anticoagulants or having Gallstones.
- It may cause burning sensation in the Stomach and Allergic Reactions.
- Do not consume it if you are having Bleeding Disorders and taking blood thinning medications.
- If you are Diabetic and taking medications for that, avoid Ginger, as it may lower your blood sugar than normal levels.MEDICINAL USES OF GINGER
How to prepare Ginger Juice
- Step 1: Peel and slice Ginger into small cubes.
- Step 2: Add some water and place them in a mixer grinder.
- Step 3: After grinding, take it out and strain the juice in order to get rid of all the lumps and the ginger juice is ready.
If it’s difficult for you to drink it, then you can add a little sugar and viola the ginger juice is done.
How To Use Ginger To Cure Pancreatitis
Gingerol presence in ginger helps to sooth the Pancreas. With its anti-inflamatory property, it helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the pancreas.
How to prepare and use it:
Add raw Ginger in your daily diet.
Add 1 to 2 piece of fresh Ginger in a cup of hot water. Boil it for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. You can take the tea twice a day.
How To Use Ginger To Cure Headache
Ordinarily you can take paracetamol when you have a mild headache, but it’s advisable to consult your doctor so that the symptoms can help your doctor determine its cause and the appropriate treatment.
Mayoclinic says most headaches aren’t the result of a serious illness, “but some may result from a life-threatening condition requiring emergency care.”
Whatever your case is, Ginger’s analgesic properties has the capacity to counter headache. This is how to prepare ginger for headache
Prepare a paste of Ginger with warm water apply on the forehead, or add ground Ginger or about 10 drops of tincture in boiling water, and inhale the steam.
How to Use Ginger To Treat Infections
Add small quantity of Ginger in your daily meals. It can be added to any meal. Bette still, you can chew raw ginger two to three times a day.
How to Use Ginger To Treat Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Add 2 teaspoon of grated Ginger root to one cup of very hot water. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain it and add 1 teaspoon of Honey in it. Drink it twice daily.
How to Use Ginger To Treat Premature Ejaculation
Do you have problem of premature ejaculation? There is a way to use ginger because its juice is an aphrodisiac. Ginger tones up the sexual organs and cure impotency, premature ejaculation or involuntary seminal discharge.
How to use it:
Take half a teaspoon of ginger juice, honey with a half-boiled egg at night for 30 days.
How to Use Ginger to Treat Athlete’s Foot
For this kind of infection, prepare an infusion of ginger root, and apply it on the affected area.
How to Use Ginger to Treat Chest Pain
The first thing you may think when chest pain is mentioned is heart attack. Chest pain isn’t something to ignore because it has many possible causes.
“Chest pain may also be caused by problems in your lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, or nerves, for example. Some of these conditions are serious and life threatening. Others are not,” webmed.com says.
You have to consult your physician to evaluate you if you suddenly develop a very serious chest pain. But if its mild, ginger is also effective for chest pain.
How to use it for chest pain:
The method is very simple: Chew a small piece of raw ginger daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
How To Use Ginger to Treat Low Libido
You have low libido? Ginger’s aphrodisiac property is good for both men and women to improve their libido.
Prepare it as tea and take it once a day. Better still, you can add little of it in your daily meals. Let it be in your kitchen.
How to Use Ginger to Treat Pains
There are different kinds of pain which ginger’s strong anti-inflammatory agent can help reduce and cure pain.
Take a cup of fresh ginger tea every day or chew fresh slices of ginger.
How to Use Ginger to Treat Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects part of the urinary tract. When it affects the lower urinary tract it is known as a bladder infection (cystitis) and when it affects the upper urinary tract it is known as kidney infection (pyelonephritis).
Since ginger soothes and relieves irritation, it helps to cure UTI, simply take ginger as tea twice a day.
How To Use Ginger to Treat For Asthma
Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include: airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste; respiratory infections, such as the common cold, physical activity (exercise-induced asthma); cold air, and air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke, according to mayoclinic
How to use ginger for asthma:
- Boil one sliced ginger in 100 ml of boiling water.
- Simmer it for 10 minutes.
- Strain it off, and drink it twice a day to reduce the risk of asthma attacks.
- Ginger for Lower Back Pain
How to Use Ginger for Sprain And Strain
Common causes of sprain and strain, according to spine-health.com, include lifting a heavy object, or twisting the spine while lifting, sudden movements that place too much stress on the low back, such as a fall, and sports injuries, especially in sports that involve twisting or large forces of impact among others.
How to use ginger to cure sprain and strain:
- Add dry or fresh ginger slices in your meals.
- Alternatively, you can take thin slices of ginger and put in a pan of boiling water and allow it for boil for 30 minutes, cool and strain it.
Finally add some honey (oyin) and drink. Repeat this till you feel better.
Ginger For Grey Hairs
Prepare a mixture of grated ginger add honey (oyin), and take one teaspoon daily.
How to Use Ginger to Cure Dizziness
Healthline.com lists some possible causes of dizziness to include: sudden drop in blood pressure, heart muscle disease, decrease in blood volume, anxiety disorders, anemia (low iron), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), ear infection, and dehydration among others.
Whichever the case is, you can use the medicinal power of ginger, it helps to control blood pressure and reduces headache and nausea.
This is how to use ginger to cure dizziness:
Add a piece of raw ginger to your tea (ginger tea). Alternatively, you can chew a piece of ginger.
How To Use Ginger To Reduce Wrinkles
Wrinkles could either be natural (due to old age), and artificial due to the sun, pollution, sugar, stress and lack of sound sleep, eatthis.com, says.
This is how to use ginger to cure artificial wrinkles
Take one tablespoon juice of ginger with honey daily to smooth wrinkles. And most importantly, try to take a rest after a day’s job. Don’t over work yourself.
How To Use Ginger For Tetanus
Crush a piece of ginger, boil with one cup of water and take it thrice a day.
How To Use Ginger Correct Loss Of Smell Anosmia
Loss of smell is as a result of nasal congestion. Causes include cold, allergy, sinus infection, or poor air quality. Injury to the nose and smell nerves from surgery or head trauma could also cause anosmia.
You can use ginger to correct loss of smell.
Take half teaspoon of ginger with a pinch of salt in it, and take it 30 minutes before each meal.
How To Use Ginger To Cure Muscle Sprains
There are two ways to cure muscle sprains with ginger:
- You could add ginger to your daily meal.
- Or prepare and drink ginger tea.
How to Cure Breast Pain With Ginger
Breast pain is common among females and its symptoms include pain caused by periods, dull, heavy, or aching pain – from mild to very bad, pain that begins up to 2 weeks before a period, gets worse and then goes away when the period ends
When this happens you could take paracetamol or ibuprofen or rub painkilling gel on your breasts. Beta.nhs.uk has also found out that there’s there’s little evidence that vitamin E tablets or evening primrose oil help with breast pain.
You can also take a personal measure by wearing a properly fitted bra during the day and a soft bra to sleep in.
However, you can also use the power of ginger to cure breast pain:
Grate a small piece of ginger, boil in one cup of water, strain it,add honey (oyin ), and drink it twice a day.
How To Cure Blemishes With Ginger
Peel a small piece of ginger, and rub it on affected parts for 15 minutes.
Cure Cold With Ginger
Using ginger to cure cold is common among the Hausa/Fulani in the Northern part of Nigeria. I went to a public tea joint in Zaria sometimes around 2016. It was cold. The tea I was served has special “hotness” when I asked a friend he said ginger was added.
After drink mine, I started sweating. Cold was gone. That’s one of the medicinal power of ginger.
“The common cold is a viral infectious disease that infects the upper respiratory system. It is also known as acute viral rhinopharyngitis, or acute coryza. Being the most common infectious disease in humans, the cold is mainly caused by coronaviruses or rhinoviruses,” medicalnewstoday.com writes.
Whatever the cold is, ginger’s nutrients have the power to warm up of the lungs. It contains the power to reduce density of mucus in cold conditions. Ginger can be used by different methods to treat cold.
How to use it for cold:
- Take a decoction of ginger after every 4 hours for two days.
- Alternatively, boil a small piece of dry or fresh ginger with little in water until it remains ¼ part.
- Filter and drink lukewarm three times a day.
- Better still, add four to five drops of ginge tincture in a litre of boiling water, and take steam for five minutes two or three times a day.
How to Use Ginger for Treat High Cholesterol
Cholesterol is harmful if it’s high in the body; ginger has been effective in tackling high cholesterol.
All you need do is to include small portion of ginger slices in your daily meal.
Caution: Don’t consume it in excess because the result is a gradual process.
How to Use Ginger to Treat Hearing Loss
Ginger does the following:
- It helps to treat hearing loss.
- It helps to reduce inflammation
- It helps to strengthen the nerves which send the sound waves to the brain.
If you have hearing loss or you want to strengthen your hearing nerves this is how to use ginger to correct hearing loss:
- Take 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger juice.
- Add a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon honey in it.
- Mix well.
- Pour 1 to 2 drops of this mixture in the affected ear daily.
- Apply for a week.
How To Use Ginger to Treat Chicken Pox
According to healthline.com, chicken pox is caused by Varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Most cases occur through contact with an infected person.
The virus is contagious to those around you for one to two days before your blisters appear. VZV remains contagious until all blisters have crusted over.
When this happens, you can use ginger to cure chicken pox:
- Boil a small piece of ginger in a cup of water
- Drink it three to four times a day
How to Use Ginger to Treat Anthrax
- Put a teaspoon grated ginger in a cup of water.
- Boil on low flame for 10 minutes
- Add one teaspoon honey (oyin )
- Take a cup four to five times a day.
How to Use Ginger to Treat Nausea
Nausea is the urge to vomit. “Nausea can be acute and short-lived, or it can be prolonged. When prolonged, it is a debilitating symptom. Nausea (and vomiting) can be psychological or physical in origin.”—medicinenet.com
Ginger is effective in calming the stomach; neutralizes the stomach acid and supports proper digestion.
Ginger treatment for nausea:
- Peel a fresh ginger
- Cut it into small pieces
- Chew two to three pieces throughout the day to treat nausea
- Alternatively, cut a peeled ginger into small pieces; add these pieces into two to three cups of warm water; boil it for five to ten minutes; add honey.
- Slowly sip this tea to cure Nausea.
How to Use Ginger to Treat Nerve Pain
Do you have nerve pain? Mix 1g of powdered ginger to hot water, and drink the mixture in an empty stomach in the morning.
Repeat this for a week
How to Cure Vomiting with Ginger
Mayoclinic list possible causes of nausea and vomiting as: alcohol use disorder, anaphylaxis, anorexia nervosa, appendicitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), brain tumor, bulimia nervosa, and cholecystitis.
However, research has shown that ginger has antiemetic and antispasmodic properties which help in curbing vomiting.
How to use ginger to prevent vomiting
- Put a teaspoon of crushed ginger in a cup of hot water
- Cover the cup, and leave for ten to fifteen minutes
- Drink for two to three times a day.
- Prepare fresh one each time
How to cure Ginger to Cure Acne
As earlier stated, ginger has an anti-inflammatory property which reduces inflammation and pain associated with acne.
Grind a small piece of ginger with little water, and take two tablespoons twice a day.
Alternatively, boil a small piece of ginger in a cup of water and drink it two times a day.
How To Use Ginger To Treat Kidney Diseases
- Get 100ml of water
- Drop one sliced of ginger into it
- Boil it for ten minutes.
- Strain it off.
- Drink this two times a day to prevent kidney diseases.
How To Use Ginger To Arthiritis
To improve painful arthritis, you can begin to consume 30-40gms of ginger regularly
Alternatively, you can use ginger oil to massage the affected areas.
How To Use Ginger To Treat Aging Joints
Join pains are peculiar to the old people, but ginger can be used to moderate the pain.
- Steep a small piece of ginger root in one cup of very hot water for 30 minutes.
- Strain it, add honey (oyin) and drink twice daily.
How To Use Ginger To Counter Food Poisoning
- Peel and grate a small piece of ginger.
- Boil in a cup of water for two minutes.
- Strain and add honey.
- Drink it after lunch and dinner.
- Alternatively, you can chew a small piece of ginger after meal.
How To Use Ginger For Measles Treatment
“Measles is caused by the measles virus (a paramyxovirus). Measles is spread through droplet transmission from the nose, throat, and mouth of someone who is infected with the virus. These droplets are sprayed out when the infected person coughs or sneezes,” medicinenet.com says.
In a situation where you discovered some of the symptoms, grate a small piece of fresh ginger, add a cup of water and boil, strain it if need be, and drink it four times a day.
Note : Prepare fresh tea every time you want to take it.
How To Use Ginger To Treat Menstrual Disorders
While some females undergo their menstrual period peacefully, some pass through pains and agony. The pains could be classified into two:
- Primary dysmenorrheal
- Secondary dysmenorrhea
According to umm.edu “Primary dysmenorrhea is caused by menstruation itself. Secondary dysmenorrhea is triggered by another condition, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) includes prolonged menstrual periods or excessive bleeding.”
Ginger can actually be used to correct menstrual disorder because of its analgesic and anti-cramping properties.
How to use it:
- Add a teaspoon of honey in a boiled piece of ginger in a cup of water for 10 minutes, and drink it three times a day.
- Alternatively, you can chew a piece of ginger 30 minutes before lunch and dinner.
How To Treat Diabetes With Ginger
- Get a glass of water
- Add two grams powdered root of ginger
- Drink the mixture daily for eight to nine weeks to reduce your blood sugar levels.
How To Treat Burns With Ginger
You have a minor burn? Simply follow this process:
- Put a block of ice on it for five minutes or pour cold water on it if you can’t find ice.
- Prepare a paste of fresh ginger, apply it on the affected area and wrap a bandage.
- Alternatively, you can apply fresh ginger juice over the burnt area.
How To Control Heavy Menstrual Bleeding With Ginger
Anti-inflammatory properties of ginger ease pain and improves blood circulation, so prepare ginger tea and take two times a day. Alternatively, chew two ginger slices in the morning.
How To Treat Whooping Cough With Ginger
Whooping cough is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. “The bacterium is transmitted in tiny droplets that come from the nose and mouth and is spread from person to person. A similar bacterium called Bordetella parapertussis causes a milder version of whooping cough known as parapertussis,” medbroadcast.com says.
Apart from medical treatment, alternative medicine can be used and ginger is in handy to treat whooping cough.
- Extract ginger juice
- Mix half teaspoon juice with honey.
- Drink it three times a day.
- Alternatively, drink a cup of ginger tea three to four times a day.
There are other benefits of ginger, but the above 50 medical cure of Ginger juice is confirmed and tested,