Benefits of Ginger for Arthritis

How to Use Ginger for Arthritis (5 Effective Methods)

How to Use Ginger for Arthritis (5 Effective Methods)

Science has confirmed the beneficial properties of ginger for those with arthritis, both for inflammatory arthritis such as degenerative arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis like osteoarthritis.

So, what makes ginger so helpful? “Ginger contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, and a small amount of analgesic property,” that is according to Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine from the Beth Israel Medical Center, New York.

Benefits of Ginger for Arthritis:

  • Ginger contains salicylate which is converted into salicylic acid in the body. Salicylic acid helps in preventing the production of prostaglandins which cause discomfort and pain.
  • Ginger extract helps in reducing the production of leukotrienes and cytokines, which are chemical agents produced in the body that are responsible for triggering immune response, which leads to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Gingerols and shogoals that are found in ginger are powerful phytonutrients that fight against inflammation, radiating heat, relieve pain, and prevent cartilage destruction caused by arthritis.

5 Ways to Use Ginger for Arthritis:

1. Fresh Ginger

1. Take a 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger.
2. Peel and chew the ginger, first thing in the morning.
3. Do this daily to reduce arthritis pain.

Note: If you cannot chew raw ginger, you can crush it to form a paste, then add honey and take it with some water.

2. Ginger Tea

1. Take 1 inch piece of ginger, and cut into thin slices.
2. Bring 1 cup of water to boil.
3. Add the ginger slices to the boling water.
4. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
5. Discard the ginger slices, then sip on the tea slowly.

Drink the ginger tea at least 2-3 times a day.

3. Ginger and Garlic Mix

Garlic possesses significant anti-inflammatory effects. It works by inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory substances known as cytokines.

Directions:
1. Take 3-4 cloves of garlic and 1/2 inch of ginger.
2. Crush together to form a smooth paste.
3. Consume 1 tablespoon of this mixture with 1 glass of water.
4. Repeat the process at least 1-2 times daily.

Note:
Do not consume garlic immediately after crushing it; but instead, leave it in the open for at least few minutes to release its active components.

4. Ginger Tea Compress

Here are some simple guides on how to use ginger for arthritis:

Materials:

1 ½ cup Water
1-inch piece Fresh ginger root
Soft cotton cloth

Directions:
1. Crush the fresh ginger.
2. Pour water in the saucepan.
3. Add the roughly crushed fresh ginger piece into the water.
4. Bring the water to a boil for at least a few minutes, then reduce the heat.
5. Turn off the flame, cover the saucepan, and allow it to stand for 1 minute.
6. Strain the ginger tea and drink it slowly.
7. While the tea is still warm, dip the soft cotton cloth in it, then wring out the excess liquid.
8. Fold this cloth and apply on the painful part. Do this several times.

5. Ginger and Salt Soak

This method will help to improve the blood circulation in your body, and also to reduce arthritis pain.

Materials:

2 quarts Water
5-inch piece Fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon Salt

Directions:
1. Crush the ginger root.
2. Add water in the pan, then add the fresh crushed ginger root.
3. Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes.
4. Pour the water into the bathtub, and add clean water to make a ginger warm water for soaking.
5. Add salt into the water and soak your hands and feet for at least 20 minutes.

Note:
You may also put 10-13 drops of ginger oil into the lukewarm water, instead of adding fresh ginger with boiling water, to get its properties.

Sources:
Home Remedies for Life
Arthritis-Health
Vkool

Lisa is a researcher in beauty and health products from Australia. She spends most of her time studying health sciences and when she is not working she writes about her findings and experience on various blogs.

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