Ginger has been used as a remedy and for medicinal purposes since centuries and now medical science has started to catch up by doing research on its benefits. Ginger is a perennial plant belonging to the same family as that of cardamom and turmeric. It is mainly used as a spice to enhance the flavor of various cuisines.
The cultivation of ginger is extensively done in South Asia and also the regions of Caribbean and East Africa and some other tropical regions. Ginger was originally used in alternative medicines for treating different ailments and also preventing many critical diseases. Although the medical research and studies have not been done on all its known benefits, however some of its benefits have been studied and researched.
Treatment and prevention of cancers: Ginger has been found to be effective in the treatment of ovarian cancer mainly due to its property of killing the ovarian germ cells after its application on the ovarian cells. Colon cancer has been known to be prevented by the usage of ginger as it has the capacity to prevent the growth of the cancer cells.
Nausea and vomiting: Ginger has been found to be very effective in preventing the sensation of nausea and also for treating morning sickness in pregnant women. It has a compound which helps in curbing the vomiting sensation thereby preventing nausea.
Cold and flu: Ginger has been widely and popularly used as a cold and flu medicine since the early times. Ginger is now used in a lot of medicines for relieving sore throats.
Headaches: A paste of ginger when applied to the forehead is known to provide relief from headaches according to folk lore and still is used by many. Research has also proved that ginger might be able to prevent migraine because of its ability to reduce pain and inflammation.
Cramps and pain: Ginger has been found to provide relief from menstrual cramps and is used by the Chinese for the treatment and prevention of pain during the periods.
Digestion: Digestion has been known to be aided by the consumption of ginger mixed with hot water and is used in many countries as a digestive aid.
Side effects: FDA has given the tag of “being safe” to ginger and ginger is powdered and sold as pills in the market unregulated for various ailments. Even though it has a lot of benefits, ginger is still considered as unsafe if taken in a large quantity as it is known to cause heartburn, body heat, gas and also cause a rash to be broken if one is allergic.