Whether to counteract joint or muscle pain or to soothe painful menstruation, help comes from ginger. In fact, ginger has proven to be as powerful as drugs commonly used to treat pain, but without the same unpleasant side effects. This emerges from scientific research published in recent years, which we will now look into further.
Ginger and dysmenorrhea
An Australian study (Gurung et al, Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health, 2022) analyzed the action of ginger in case of dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea is a condition that can affect women during the menstrual cycle, with symptoms such as abdominal cramps, nausea, fatigue, headaches and back pain. To treat dysmenorrhea, so-called NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are often used, which reduce pain but have contraindications. Firstly, in the long term, they can lose their effectiveness, then, they can cause side effects such as ulcers, gastrointestinal and kidney problems. Hence the importance of looking for effective remedies but with fewer health risks. An example is given by ginger, which has an interesting anti-inflammatory and analgesic action, as reported by the study in question. In fact, ginger is as effective as NSAIDs when it comes to reducing the symptoms of dysmenorrhea. This was observed with a ginger dosage of 500 mg, twice daily, for three days after the onset of menstruation. Ginger can be taken both in the form of supplements and as a spice, included as part of a healthy and varied diet.
Ginger and joint pain
A study by the University of Copenhagen (Bartels et al, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2015) investigated the effects of ginger in case of joint pain and arthrosis. What emerges is that oral intake of ginger reduces joint pain and the resulting difficulty in movement. As research states, ginger is therefore a better treatment than NSAIDs, often used in case of joint pain, as it is effective and also does not damage the gastric mucosa.
Ginger is a natural remedy that, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic action, can help in case of various ailments, such as joint pain, menstrual pain but also, as reported by a very recent research, headaches, gout and rheumatoid arthritis (Umoh et al, Journal of Biological Research, 2023). Ginger works without the side effects of NSAIDs, the drugs commonly used for pain and inflammation.
Therefore, ginger can become a valid ally for treating aches and pains, especially if they tend to recur and require long-term action. Ginger can be taken fresh, grated on vegetables, salads, sauces, fish, sauces or soups, or it can also be used to prepare infusions, in this case leave 1 centimeter of ginger root cut into slices to infuse in a cup of boiling water for 20 minutes. Pay attention and ask your doctor for advice before starting treatment with ginger if you are taking medications, especially anticoagulants, to avoid interactions. Finally, a recommendation, if your doctor has prescribed NSAIDs to treat a particular condition then it is important to follow the prescription.