Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ginger and your stomach

Looking for something effective, but tried and true in easing up on the gas, indigestion and occasional nausea?  Fresh ginger tea just might do the trick.

Ginger

Ginger is a rhizome of the Zinger oficinale Roster.  It is full of very strong smelling oils.  It may be purchased in the dried form, pill form or fresh.

What are ginger's uses?

Two varieties of ginger as sold in Haikou, Hai...Image via Wikipedia
Ginger has been used for centuries as a diuretic, or promoting urine flow.  It is also an antiemetic, or helps treat nausea and vomiting.  It is a stimulant and digestive aid.

Ginger is also very good for gas or flautlence, diarrhea and vomiting.

There is also evidence that ginger may also help to reduce cholesterol.

How much to take?

This can be relative, depending upon the individual and the reason that it is taken.  It should start off at the lower end by perhaps taking two cups per day.  Adjusting the amount up or down depending upon relief.

Ginger is, however, contraindicated in those who are taking warfarin or  coumadin.  Also, problems may come about with the concurrent use of aspirin.

Generally, the range is from 500 mg to 2-3 grams per day.
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