Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Description: warm, pungent; affects the lungs, stomach and spleen
Ginger is a natural and effective mouth freshener and aids digestion. It is helpful with easing of menstrual cramps and associated with alleviation of the feeling of nausea, even for pregnant women. Ginger has anti-cancer properties and helps lower cholesterol. It is supposed to strengthen the function of the kidneys, bladder, uterus and liver (increasing bile production). Ginger is used to cleanse the body of toxins through the skin by stimulating and increasing perspiration and to help increase blood circulation, including peripheral circulation (hands, feet, etc.). The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it effective in alleviation of the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis therefore is used during confinement to prevent arthritis. Old ginger is very heaty and therefore is preferred for use during confinement.
Breast feeding mothers should avoid taking ginger during the first ten days after delivery as ginger can interfere with the breakdown of bilirubin therefore causes any jaundice in the baby to become worse.
Pregnant women who use ginger for morning sickness should not take large amounts (many times the recommended dose) nor use it for prolonged periods without consulting a physician.
People with gallstones or gallbladder disease or taking blood thinners (Coumadin, aspirin, etc.) should avoid ginger unless supervised by a doctor.