Ginger – An Ayurvedic Herb

Ginger – An Ayurvedic Herb with Many Health Benefits

By Shankar.

Not all people know about Ayurvedic herbs and their benefits. Ginger is a well-known natural spice used for flavoring dishes. It also gives a good aroma and taste to the dishes. However, again not many know that ginger is an herb used as medicine in Ayurveda.

Ginger has been used in medicinal world from ancient times. It is said that if you have a good quantity of ginger in your kitchen, then you have a chest full of medicines for treating all kind of ailments. Ginger is easily available in all the markets. Daily intake of ginger will help you to prevent and cure several health problems.

Fever and cold: Ginger is used in treating common cold, fever, cough, and sore throat. This herb is a good medicine for the treatment of influenza. Crush a small piece of ginger and add it to a cup of water and boil it. Drink this hot by adding a little sugar. This hot ginger drink gives relief from cold and sore throat. Ginger is also beneficial in treating bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory tract problems. It stimulates immunity.

Headache: The same hot ginger drink helps in curing normal headache to migraine pain. It gives longer relief from migraine headaches.

Vomiting: Ginger is used for treating nausea and vomiting caused by morning sickness, motion sickness, pregnancy, indigestion, food poisoning and after surgery sickness. You can add ginger to your tea and drink it daily.

Indigestion: Taking ginger daily before every meal will help in having proper digestion and improve appetite. It also gives relief from flatulence and gas in the stomach. Ginger is very effective in curing abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and other digestive disorders. It also helps in treating stomach ulcers.

Emotional balance: Ginger is a nervine tonic that balances the mind. It helps in giving relief from stress, anxiety, tension, and depression.

Arthritis: Studies show that ginger is a good Ayurvedic herb used in treating arthritis and other swelling and pain without any side effects.

Menstruation cramps: Many women suffer from severe painful menstruation. Ginger is a good medicine for getting relief from cramps in the stomach during menstruation.

Apart from curing these ailments, ginger is capable of treating many other health disorders such as diabetes, liver diseases, kidney diseases, and heart diseases. Ginger is used to prevent blood clots, to reduce cholesterol level and high blood pressure. Though ginger is harmless and it has no side effects, excess intake of this herb can cause problems to some people. Ginger should not be used for long term during pregnancy. Some people are allergic to certain foods. It would be better to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before you use ginger for medicinal purposes.

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Ayurvedic Herbs and Arthritis

Ayurvedic Herbs to Get Relief from Arthritis

By Shankar.

Joint inflammation is known as arthritis. The most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disorder affecting many tissues and organs. However, mostly it affects synovial joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered as an auto-immune disease. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis and is the most common form of arthritis.

Arthritis can be caused due to weak digestive system, constipation, lack of exercise, and excess body weight. Stress also has a major role in causing arthritis. Apart from medication, physical rest is very important for curing arthritis. The following list of Ayurvedic herbs will help you to tackle the problems of arthritis.

Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha’s roots contain oil. This oil is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis very effectively.

Giloye: This herb is an anti-inflammatory. It cures rheumatoid arthritis very effectively.

Erand: Erand is also known as castor seeds. It contains taxolbumine resin and alkaloid resin, which help to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Guggulu: Ayurveda considers this herb as the most effective to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other muscle and bone disorders.

Karpura: Karpura is applied on the affected area, and it gives a cooling and soothing effect. It helps to get relief from pain in the ligaments, muscles, joints and from stiffness.

Alfalfa: This Ayurvedic herb is considered as one of the most popular remedies for treating arthritis. Herbal tea that has alfalfa can be consumed for good results.

Black Cohosh: This herb acts as an anti-inflammatory for muscles. It also acts as an antispasmodic to muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. It works effectively on osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Turmeric: According to Ayurveda, turmeric is an excellent antiseptic. It acts as anti-inflammatory and it used to treat almost every problems effectively.

Neem: Neem is considered as anti-inflammatory. It helps to give relief to joint and muscle pain.

Ginger: Consuming ginger tea will get rid of swelling. It also helps to cure osteoarthritis.

Celery: Celery acts as anti-inflammatory. Celery seeds work effectively to treat rheumatism arthritis.

Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds contain copper, which is beneficial for arthritis.

The causes of arthritis can be due to several reasons. Ayurvedic herbs will not cure arthritis if it is caused due to overweight of the body. The body weight has to be reduced to ideal weight by doing exercise regularly. The joints mostly affected with overweight of the body are on the hips, knees, and ankles. For some people arthritis can be hereditary. People who have had major previous injuries can also develop arthritis. Older people suffer arthritis the most.

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