Ginger root finds great application in exotic cuisines around the world. Some like ginger for its taste, while others use it for its health benefits. Although ginger is the main ingredient in cooking and healing, ingestion is not the only way to enjoy it. There has to be something more than using it as a side dish, garnish or tea.
There are many other ways to get the benefits provided by ginger, and ours will help you soothe joint and muscle pain.
Ginger has the power to relieve joint pain triggered by arthritis and other similar ailments, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, ginger is more powerful than conventional painkillers when it comes to treating joint pain. Compounds in ginger suppress leukotrienes, or the molecules that trigger inflammation. They also switch off inflammatory genes. This makes ginger more potent than painkillers, while these drugs do the opposite. Conventional painkillers only manage to block the enzymes that trigger swelling and pain. Ginger, on the other hand, solves the problem in its roots.
According to the latest research, by taking 255 milligrams of ginger extract (Eurovita extract 77) you will be able to alleviate joint pain and inflammation.
Ginger reduces both muscle soreness and pain, especially the one that develops through exercising. A study involving 74 healthy adult participants showed some great results. The participants were supposed to perform various exercises that cause muscle pain within 11 days. Some of them took ginger supplements, while others took placebo pill. The results showed that ginger supplement provides greater success in reducing muscle pain.
Christopher D. Black, Ph. D., is one of the researchers involved in this particular study. He concluded that ginger is directly associated with the elimination of muscle pain.
“Daily consumption of raw or heat-treated ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury,” Black explains.
Topical application of ginger
It is pretty clear that ginger offers lots of benefits in the aspect of soothing joint and muscle pain. But, there is one particular similarity that connects the aforementioned studies. Each of the results showed that ginger should be taken orally in the form of extract or supplement. However, you can achieve the same, but in a rather different way.
Could you imagine getting rid of your muscle and joint pain by soaking in a nice ginger bath? If it sounds crazy, it is probably die to the fact that topical application of ginger has never gained the attention it deserves. But, the latest research shows that you can get the very same effect by applying ginger onto your body.
A study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing showed pretty similar results. It involved 20 adults with arthritis and chronic joint pain. The participants were divided into 2 groups. Half of them were treated with homemade ginger compress, while the others got a standardized ginger patch.
The topical treatments were applied for 30 minutes every day for a week. Participants in both groups experienced great success. About 80% of the respondents were unhappy with their health condition prior the study, and 70% of them were quite satisfied with their health condition after their treatment. In other words, the group marked 50% increase in their satisfaction.
This shows that topical applications of ginger can be as efficient as the oral treatments, and the spicy root was confirmed to aid in the treatment of joint pain.
Bathing in ginger is one of the best ways to expose every part of the body to the benefits provided by this root. Patches and compresses do miracles, and only treat a particular part of the body. Ginger bath on the other hand covers every bit of your body.
All you need is a 5-inch ginger root and your cozy bathtub filled with hot water.
You need a larger piece, because it is supposed to ‘spice up’ a pretty large amount of water. Get your bathtub full of steaming hot water, and slice your ginger. The slices should be about eight of an inch thick. Put them in your bathtub, and turn off the water. Soak the slices for 5-10 minutes. Your ginger slices will infuse well in the water, and at that point you can get in. Soak in for half an hour. Such baths will provide you an instant relief, and you will never ever deal with muscle and joint pain again.
Source: Fit Body Center