Ginger for Heartburn, Arthritis, Circulation…
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on October 29, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
If you’re one of the many who suffer from heartburn, a freshly brewed cup of soothing Ginger tea can do much to alleviate painful acid reflux. Ginger is an excellent antispasmodic that calms the digestive tract and relieves spasms that can cause stomach contents to ‘back up’ into the esophagus.
Ginger is also amazing for other intestinal problems such as gas, cramping and, especially, nausea. It works extremely well for travel sickness and for nausea during pregnancy.
Ginger’s pungent, warming properties increase the peripheral circulation, which makes it one of the best herbs for warming up chilled hands and feet. Like its close cousin Turmeric – they’re in the same botanical family – Ginger also provides benefit for arthritis. Whereas Turmeric is a renowned anti-inflammatory, Ginger helps to decrease pain and inflammation by improving circulation.
For a convenient and great-tasting alternative to Ginger tea, try Ginger Gold Syrup (in a delicious honey base) from NaturalWellbeing.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan