Use Ginger As Antiseptic or Antibacterial Agent
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- 1 How Ginger Works
- 2 The Benefits of Using Ginger
- 3 Using Ginger
- 4 Tips Tricks and Warnings
- 5 Questions and Answers
- 6 Comments
How Ginger Works
Before I explain any further about ginger as an antiseptic or antibacterial agent, let me expound on the active properties found in the ginger rhizome first. The root or rhizome of ginger contains two substances essential for treating acute and chronic inflammation. These are phenols and gingerols. Ginger also has an anti-inflammatory active property that heals inflammation within the body.
Ginger is also an effective carminative and intestinal spasmolytic, which are two important constituents for soothing and relieving an upset stomach, flatulence, and other gastrointestinal or digestive issues. Ginger is also regarded as an effective herb in preventing motion sickness, relieving travel sickness and reducing nausea from pregnancy.
To sum up, ginger rhizome can reduce the uncomfortable feeling from many illnesses and diseases, but it is not an effective herbal medicine to "cure" some certain diseases. This is according to people who have tried ginger herbs. However, there's compelling evidence that ginger herbs really reduce inflammation and digestive problems in people.
With the above information about ginger rhizome, do you think it can be used as an 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 to treat infections and even muscle pains. Using ginger as herbal medicine should not be taken lightly. Too much intake or use of ginger can lead to some negative side effects. We will be tackling that later in this article, but for the moment, you can read more about the benefits of using ginger below.
The Benefits of Using Ginger
Read on to learn the wonderful attributes ascribed to ginger.
- 1Diabetes prevention. A study shows that ginger can be helpful in reducing the health complications of those who have type 2 diabetes. The main source in ginger that contributes to the reduction of diabetes type 2 complications is the gingerols. Persons with type 2 diabetes should only consume 2 grams of ginger per day, because too much may cause adverse effects.Advertisement
- 2Bacterial diarrhea. In some developing countries, many children die because of diarrhea. Diarrhea itself is not the cause of death, but the toxins that may spread throughout the body as a result of diarrhea are the culprits. Zingerone, an active compound found in ginger, can gather the toxins so they can't affect the stomach. 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, consult with your doctor first.Advertisement
- 3Nausea and airsickness. Nausea may occur from motion sickness and pregnancy. A study shows that ginger is helpful in treating nausea. Some women in their first trimester of pregnancy suffering from constant vomiting had their symptoms reduced when they drank ginger drinks, and many 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.
- 4Inflammatory disease 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 greatly reduced.
- 5Prevention against intestinal ulcers. Ginger is highly effective in treating upset stomach and intestinal ulcers. A person who suffers from stomach problems may chew slices of ginger to relieve and soothe the uncomfortable feeling.
- 6Antibiotic agent. Ginger can be used as 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.
- 7Cancer prevention. Because of the anti-tumor property found in ginger, it can prevent and reduce the risk of cancer, like prostate cancer. The active property mainly blocks the reproduction of cancer cells and kills them gradually.
- 8Ease menstrual pain. A study shows that ginger can ease menstrual pain. Some studies also claim that too much ginger intake may cause adverse effects, such as heavy menstrual flow. The most important thing is to ask your doctor about the right dosage of ginger to consume during menstruation to avoid any problems later on.
- 9Boost 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.
- 10Liver disease. The antioxidant and anti-tumor active properties in ginger can stimulate bile and protect the liver by preventing it from developing cancerous tumors. You may want to take ginger extracts or supplements to reduce the risk of liver diseases.
There are actually several benefits of using ginger as herbal medicine, because of its numerous active proponents that work to heal, reduce, and soothe health issues.
Ways to Prepare Ginger
- 1Ginger drinks. You can make a ginger tea by boiling slices of ginger with water in a saucepan for a few minutes. Afterward, you may transfer it to a teapot, add lemon or honey to taste and serve in a cup. You may also try ginger lemonade and ginger ale as well.
The Right Dosage Of Ginger For Herbal Medicine Consumption
- 1Powdered Ginger. If you choose powdered ginger, you should only take 2 grams of it daily.
- 2Essential Oils. If you choose ginger essential oils, you should only consume nine drops of it thrice daily.
- 3Dried Ginger. The maximum dose of dry ginger extracts is 400 milligrams thrice daily.
- 4Cook With Fresh Ginger. Best thing to do is to get used to using it in your recipes.
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 best uses of ginger is its antibacterial properties, which helps to reduce 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 for its various health benefits. However, taking large doses of ginger can often lead to various side effects in the body. Ginger can be ingested it is (fresh root), 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. Below are some reported side effects of taking large doses of ginger exceeding 6 grams a day:
- 1Central Nervous System depression.
- 2Heart beat irregularities.
- 3Light diarrhea.
- 4Burning sensation in the stomach.
If you experience any the above symptoms, reduce your daily dosage of ginger until your body slowly adapts then increase to the recommended maximum therapeutic dosage - which is about 5 grams a day.
I have had a bad cough for six months.
I have had a bad cough for six months, and it is not going away. I am wondering if ginger can help me.
Ginger, fresh or brewed, is considered one of the best folk remedies for a cough. If you are taking it fresh, then cut a small piece of it and chew it with a small amount of salt to promote mucus secretion and salivation, which will make your throat feel less irritated and dry. For brewed ginger (you can use a teapot for that), add honey to it. To avoid injury, let the tea cool down a bit and drink it warm. Overall, you can experiment and add turmeric, black pepper, tulsi, honey, water, and salt to ginger for flavor or extra healing effect. For example, you can make a paste out of black pepper, turmeric, honey, and ground ginger and consume it during your meals.
Is it possible to use ginger directly for periodontics teeth problem?
Once in a while I get infections in my teeth. I would like to know if I can use ginger regularly for sanitizing my mouth? I have tried: Antibiotics and mouth washing liquid. I think it was caused by: There is a space beside the root of my tooth and microbe can get caught there and cause an infection so my dentist says.
You could chew on a raw piece of ginger and oil pulling with coconut oil daily can also help stave off infection. Take a small amount of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 30 minutes. Then spit it out. Do this daily first thing in the morning.
What is the scientific explanation behind the effect of ginger on heartbeat irregularities?
I am an athletic person but when I have meat very often in my diet I am experiencing heart palpitation. I haven't tried ginger for this heart manifestations but is there really an effect on this problem? It looks like I have not come across this topic in this current article, it was not yet tackled. I have tried: As always I have to shift more vegetable in my diet and then things change. But being quite athletic I can't avoid going for more protein food choices for my diet. I think it was caused by: As far as I recall, there was a time when I was feeling hungry from a hard labor, then I immediately took food. Suddenly I felt I had a heartburn. Since then I had the palpitation. By the way, I am 60 years of age.
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