Newest Review: ... when muscles are tight and restrictive but neither of us are very keen on dosing ourselves up with anti-inflammatory medication. I was a li... more
Member Name: Lunaria
Advantages: Calming, anti-inflammatory, versatile use in cooking.
Disadvantages: None for me.
My husband loves the warming flavour of ginger in sweet food so gingerbread is a favourite in our house along with home-made ginger jam. A few years ago I started taking ginger supplements after reading about its natural powerful anti-inflammatory action. Both myself and my husband are occasionally troubled with back muscle tension and pain. We both lead very active lives so really don't like not being able to move about freely when muscles are tight and restrictive but neither of us are very keen on dosing ourselves up with anti-inflammatory medication. I was a little sceptical as to whether ginger supplements would actually work but thought as they are totally natural it would be worth trying out.
At first I took the ginger supplements each day during a spell of back pain and felt there was an improvement in terms of less muscle stiffness and severity of pain. Usually after a day of working out in the garden, however careful I may be regards bending and lifting, my back will ache by the evening and at times become quite painful. As it seemed the ginger did ease muscle inflammation, I decided to take ginger supplements on the days I would be working in the garden as a kind of preventative measure and I honestly feel it has contributed towards less muscle ache and tension.
My husband now also takes ginger supplements although he is usually very reluctant to take any kind of medication and especially anything in tablet form. He hasn't spoken about the benefits of taking ginger but nevertheless will go to the cupboard for a ginger supplement at the times when his back muscles are sore and tense.
Another area where the ginger has become useful is when travelling. When not driving and travelling in the car as a passenger I often tend to feel slightly nauseous. As a young child I used to suffer terribly with car sickness. So I take an extra ginger supplement one hour before a long journey to help ward off travel sickness and have felt quite surprised and delighted by the results. The ginger certainly helps to keep those waves of nausea at bay.
Ginger may not be as effective for everyone but if you like to stick to natural remedies as far as possible it is certainly worth trying. I take a 1000 mg ginger supplement each day during times of back pain and also when I could be at risk of back trouble. I wouldn't say root ginger cures back pain, it eases it and I believe, for myself, reduces the risk of inflammation occurring. For travel sickness I have found it works wonders and highly recommend.
The advised maximum daily dose is 2000 mg and it is best apparently to take ginger capsules with food. Ginger in supplement form is not to be given to children under 2 years old and there is a warning that ginger may slow blood clotting so caution is needed if already taking medications that slow clotting.
Thanks for reading :)
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Summary: A natural remedy for reducing muscle inflammation and nausea.