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Ginger Root is known as the universal medicine in Ayurveda. It aids digestion and, and is one of the best herbs for nausea. It relieves spasms and menstrual cramps, and promotes menstruation. Ginger helps to regulate blood sugar both by stimulating pancreas cells and by lowering lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides) in the blood. Historically, it was one of the most respected herbs for joint health, especially for aging joints. It has relatively high calcium and iron content. Ginger increases peripheral circulation, so is used clinically for cold hands and feet. Being diaphoretic, it treats some symptoms by promoting sweating.

Ginger is known for its health benefits as it can help prevent cancer because of the chemical properties that make up the plant and root.  It is noted medicinally in modern and ancient cultures as being a very healthy and positive additive to your diet.

Uses of Ginger for Health:

Car Sickness – If you are prone to having car sickness, air sickness, or are planning on taking a cruise, bring along tablets of ginger which will settle the stomach and relieve the symptoms. In general, if you have an upset stomach take a ginger tablet or drink real ginger ale; it is proven to be most effective in treating this ailment. Another thing to note is if your diet is prone to cause you indigestion from possibly drinking too many cups of coffee or sodas, drink a cup of ginger tea a day to promote a healthy digestive system.

Balancing the body systems – In India they practice a form of medicine known as Avurvedic; it prescribes ginger as a key ingredient to put in foods or drink as a tea to keep the body system regulated. It is recommended to help treat and reduce the symptoms of a cold. It works by, as those who practice this Indian medicine, to balance the energy in your body looking for changes in your systems such as hot and cold. If the ginger finds something that is out of the normal range it will help to balance it. It is further noted that mixing honey, lemon and ginger together is one of the healthiest drinks your body can utilize. Honey is said to be a natural antibiotic and has been used for thousands of years in this aspect. Please note, however, young children should not be given honey; there are risk factors that a young body cannot be subject to until their immune system is working at full capacity.

For more information on herbal medicines check out this story on, Plants – The World’s Medicine at Fox News Latino.