Use Ginger As Antiseptic or Antibacterial Agent

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Before I explain any further about ginger as antiseptic or antibacterial agent, let me expound the active properties found in ginger rhizome first. Ginger root or ginger rhizome mainly contains two very essential substances for treating acute and chronic inflammation, which are the phenols and gingerols. It also has an anti-inflammatory active property that heals inflammation within the body.

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The herb is also considered very effective carminative and intestinal spasmolytic, which are two important substances for soothing and relieving upset stomach, flatulence, and other gastrointestinal or digestive issues. Ginger is also regarded as an effective herb in preventing motion sickness and reducing nausea from pregnancy and travel sickness.

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To sum up, ginger rhizome can reduce the uncomfortable feeling from any illnesses and diseases, but it is not an efficient herbal medicine in "curing" some certain diseases. This is according to some people who have tried ginger herbs. However, there's compelling evidence that ginger herbs really reduce inflammation and digestive problems in people.

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With the above information about ginger rhizome, do you think it can be used as antiseptic or antibacterial agent? The answer is yes. A study in The Journal of Pain has shown that ginger can be used as analgesic, sedative, and antibacterial agents for infections and even muscle pains. Using ginger as herbal medicine should be taken into consideration, because too much intake or usage of ginger can lead to some negative side effects. We will be tackling that later on in the article, but for the moment, you can read more about the benefits of using ginger below:

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Benefits of Using Ginger

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    Diabetes prevention.
    A study shows that ginger can be helpful in reducing health complications of people who have type 2 diabetes. The main source in ginger that contributes to the reduction of diabetes type 2 complications is the gingerols. Persons who have type 2 diabetes should only consume 2 grams of ginger per day, because too much intake may cause other adverse effects.
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    Bacterial diarrhea.
    In some developing countries, several children died because of diarrhea. The diarrhea itself is not the cause of death, but the toxins that may spread throughout the body. Zingerone, an active compound found in ginger, can accumulate the toxins so that it can't get through the gut, and thus it can prevent bacterial diarrhea. However, children who are less than 2 years old shouldn't take ginger because of some side effects. Before giving any herbal medicine to children, ask your doctor first about it.
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    Nausea and airsickness.
    Nausea may occur from motion sickness and pregnancy. A study shows that ginger can be helpful in treating nausea. Some women in their first trimester of pregnancy suffered from constant vomiting. They drank ginger drinks, and some of them claimed that it reduced their feeling of wanting to vomit. However, some reports state that taking too much ginger can cause miscarriage. If you are pregnant, you should see your doctor before taking ginger.
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    Inflammatory diseases prevention.
    Inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia, gout, osteoarthritis, etc., can be treated with ginger. The disease may not be healed or cured completely, but the inflammation and the pain will be reduced.
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    Prevention against intestinal ulcers.
    Ginger is highly effective in treating upset stomach and intestinal ulcer. A person who suffers from this problem may chew slices of ginger to relieve and soothe the uncomfortable feeling.
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    Antibiotic agent.
    Ginger can be an antibiotic agent because of its ability to treat infections in the body. Say, for example, there are types of respiratory problems and all of them are caused by infection from bacteria and viruses, which may trigger secretion of mucus, phlegm and an increased risk of inflammation. Ginger can soothe and treat these problems.
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    Cancer prevention.
    Because of the anti-tumor property found in ginger, it can prevent and reduce an increased risk of cancer, like prostate cancer. The active property mainly blocks the reproduction of cancer cells and kills them gradually.
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    Ease menstrual pain.
    A study shows that ginger can ease menstrual pain in women. Some studies also claim that too much ginger intake may cause adverse effects, such as heavy menstruation flow. The most important thing to do is to ask your doctor about the right dosage of ginger to consume during menstruation to avoid any problems later on.
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    Boost immune system.
    Ginger has nutrients and minerals like zinc, silicon, and magnesium. It can be used for preparing or cooking dainty dishes. In Asian countries, ginger is included in their daily meals because of its ability to strengthen one's immune system.
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    Liver diseases.
    The antioxidant and anti-tumor active properties in ginger can stimulate bile and protect the liver by preventing it not to promote cancerous tumors. You may want to take ginger extracts or supplements to reduce an increased risk of liver diseases.
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There are actually several benefits of using ginger as herbal medicine, because of its numerous active proponents that can heal, reduce, and soothe health issues.

Ways to prepare ginger

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    Ginger drinks.
    You can make a ginger tea by boiling the slices of ginger with water in a saucepan for a few minutes. Afterwards, you may transfer it to a teakettle, add lemon or honey to taste in a cup and serve. You may also try ginger lemonade and ginger ale as well.
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    Ginger recipes.
    You may also try preparing ginger recipes for yourself or your family. This is a lot healthier than any other kind of fatty foods to eat. Some ginger recipes include gingered pumpkin cheesecake, gingered sweet potato muffins, crystallized ginger, and many more.
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The right dosage of ginger herbal medicine consumption

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    If you choose powdered ginger, you should only take 2 grams of it daily.
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    If you choose ginger essential oils, you should only consume nine drops of it thrice daily.
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    The maximum dose of dry ginger extracts is 400 milligrams thrice daily.
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Tips Tricks and Warnings

  • Too much ginger intake may cause negative side effects like heartburn.
  • Do not take too much ginger if you are pregnant or have your period.
  • Do not give ginger supplements to children who are less than 2 years old.
  • If ginger is applied on skin, it may cause skin irritation. Ginger is only good for consumption. Do not apply it to the skin.

Questions and Answers

Antibiotic dose of ginger?

One of the most potent uses of ginger is its antibacterial property which effectively helps in reducing bacterial infections in the body. The recommended therapeutic dosage of ginger should not exceed 6 grams a day and can be safely divided into two to three doses a day. Daily consumption of ginger has no known notable side-effects and has been widely used because of its various health benefits. However, taking large doses of ginger can often leads to various side-effects in the body.

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Below are some reported side-effects of taking large doses of ginger exceeding 6 grams a day:

1. Central Nervous System depression.

2. Heart beat irregularities.

3. Light diarrhea.

4. Burning sensation in the stomach.

If you experience the above symptoms, try to reduce your daily dosage of ginger until your body slowly adapts then increase it to the recommended maximum therapeutic dosage which is about 5 grams a day.

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Ginger as antiseptic?

Ginger can indeed be used as an antiseptic, mainly because it is rich in antibacterial properties. Ginger can be ingested as it is or as a juice extract. If you want to use it as an external antiseptic, you simply make thin slices of it and apply directly on the affected area. You may want to leave it on overnight. You will be surprised at how effective it can be.

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I have had a bad cough for six month.

I have had a bad cough for six month, and it is not going away. I am wondering if ginger can help me.

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