Ginger – A Natural Remedy for Heartburn
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If you are looking for a natural treatment to help cure your heartburn, then Ginger is one of the treatments you may want to consider, as many sufferers consider Ginger to be the most effective natural heartburn remedy they have found.
There is an old Indian saying “Everything good is found in Ginger” and although that is somewhat of an exaggeration, Ginger does have some excellent qualities and it has been used extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Ginger is today used by herbalists to help treat many different digestive problems including heartburn.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a plant native to Asia and it is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. The part of the plant which is used is the root or rhizome and it is one of the most cultivated spices grown in the world today. It is a pungent spice that is warming and peppery but has very distinctive taste of its own.
There are many ways in which Ginger is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of heartburn. It is credited with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which protect the stomach lining and inhibit the growth of the helicobactor pylori bacteria also known as h. pylori, which is thought to cause a number of digestive problems such as ulcers. It is also considered to aid the digestion of fatty foods that can cause heartburn, by increasing the production of bile from the gallbladder and the anti-spasmodic properties eases muscles in the esophagus, stomach and intestines, which can be of particular benefit where stress may be one of the main causal factors of the heartburn.
Ginger can be bought in various forms – fresh, dried, powdered, pickled, preserved in syrup, crystallized and in capsules.
Suggested ways of taking Ginger to treat heartburn include:
- Drinking Ginger tea made either from grated fresh Ginger or powdered Ginger
- Eating a teaspoon of raw finely grated fresh Ginger
- Sipping Ginger juice
- Eating a piece of candied or pickled Ginger.
- Drinking Ginger Ale
- Taking Ginger herbal tablets or capsules
If you would like to make your own Ginger tea or pickle or candy your own Ginger you may be interested in these Natural Heartburn Remedies using Ginger.
It is important not to have too much of a good thing as if taken in excess Ginger can act as an irritant in the digestive system and if taken to extremes Ginger intoxication can cause an over stimulation of the central nervous system called the “Ginger Gitters”.
Although Ginger is on the FDA’s list that is “generally recognized as safe” it may interact with some blood thinning medicines such as warfarin and it is not recommended for use by those suffering with gallstones because it stimulates the production of bile. It may also reduce blood pressure, levels of cholesterol and help regulate blood sugar levels so if you are on any form of medication it is important that you should seek the advice of your doctor before using Ginger.