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Mar
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How to Use Fresh Ginger for Pain

How to Use Fresh Ginger for Pain

 

By Samantha Volz, eHow Contributor

 

Though it may be best known for its spicy taste, enhancing food products such as ginger ale and ginger snaps, ginger can be used for much more than flavoring. Ginger has been used as a medicinal aid around the world for more than 2,000 years. Indigenous to Asia, this spice was used by the ancient Chinese to aid upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Fresh ginger can also be used to treat headaches, arthritis and other pains.

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

  • Ginger
  • Knife
  • Juicer or blender
  • Stove
  • Water
  • Pot
  1. Food and Drink

    • 1

      Cut fresh ginger into slices, one to two inches thick.

    • 2

      Run through a juicer or blender until you have ginger juice. You can drink this at a thicker consistency if you want; set your blender accordingly.

    • 3

      Drink up to four grams of fresh ginger juice or tea per day to help with headaches or arthritis pain.

    Compress

    • 4

      Cut fresh ginger into slices, one to two inches thick.

    • 5

      Boil a pot of water on your stove; turn the heat off once the water reaches full boil.

    • 6

      Soak the fresh ginger slices in the hot water for an hour, so that the ginger soil seeps into the water.

    • 7

      Rewarm the water, but do not bring to boil again.

    • 8

      Soak a clean cloth or washrag in the ginger water and hold to the painful area of your body. The ginger and warm water will help to alleviate pain and inflammation.

Tips & Warnings

  • The ginger-water mixture used for your compress can also be drunk as a tea.
  • Do not consume more than four grams of fresh ginger per day. Excessive doses of ginger can cause heartburn, diarrhea or irritation in the mouth.
  • People with gallstones or any bleeding disorders, as well as those taking blood-thinning medications, should consult their doctors before ingesting ginger.

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