Saturday, 21 August 2010

ginger for pain

more useful info from Dr Al Sears MD:
As a doctor, I must warn you: Taking painkillers can have
dangerous – even deadly – side effects. Drugs such as Motrin,
Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) have
been linked to kidney damage, anemia, heart palpitations, and
gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.

That'[s pretty scary stuff. Especially when you
consider that tens of millions of prescriptions (not to mention
over-the-counter drugs) are written for NSAIDs each year in the U.S. alone!

But today I want to recommend to you a painkiller that’s not
scary at all. In fact, you probably dont have to look beyond your
kitchen cabinet to find it.

I'm talking about ginger.

For centuries it's been used throughout Asia to treat joint
pain, colds, and even indigestion.
It can reduce pain in the muscles
and joints by as much as 25%.1

And taking raw and cooked ginger daily can be an effective pain
reliever – even for inflammatory conditions like

That’s because inflammation is the root cause all kinds of
problems -from arthritis to back pain to muscle aches.

Ginger contains 12 different compounds that fight inflammation.
Some block the Cox-2 enzyme which triggers it. Some lower pain receptor and
nerve-ending sensitivity. Together they work almost the same as
anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

So, if you want to cut back on painkillers and avoid the harmful
side effects, supplement your diet with ginger.

Here are some ways to get your daily doses:

Stir fry food with it: It'll add an invigorating
taste to any meat and vegetable dish. Sprinkle some grated ginger on top
for even more great flavor.

Supplement: Most pharmacies or health food stores sell
ginger powder in pills or capsules. Look for an extract with 5%

Use a ginger compress on painful areas: It’ll
stimulate blood flow and ease achy joints.

Drink ginger tea: It’s cheap. It's easy. It
tastes great. And it heals. Here's a recipe I use:


water, 4 cups
2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
optional: honey and lemon slice

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