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What are the benefits of ginger root?

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Based on a few limited clinical studies, ginger root may be possibly beneficial for post surgery nausea, morning sickness, menstrual pain, dizziness and osteoarthritis, states WebMD. Although ginger root may prove to be useful for these different conditions, more scientific studies are necessary to show its true efficacy for them because some studies are mixed.

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While two studies suggested that taking one gram of ginger root prior to surgery could reduce post surgery nausea, other studies showed that this spice was not effective for this purpose, as noted by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Similarly, other research is mixed on the effectiveness of ginger root in the cases of motion sickness and nausea associated with chemotherapy, states the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).The same is true of the few studies done on the efficacy of this spice for medical conditions, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, cholesterol and muscle pain.

However, studies do suggest that ginger root seems to be effective for pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting when the spice is used for a short period of duration, according to NCCIH. It is important for pregnant women to speak with their doctors before taking any herbal supplements during pregnancy to avoid any possible problems. For example there are certain contraindications and drug interactions possible with ginger root, such as with hypertension or blood-thinning medicines.

Ginger root is the rhizome of the ginger plant. The active ingredients in ginger root are gingerol and shogaol. In Asian countries, this spice is popular for cooking and in herbal medicine fir different conditions ranging from abdominal problems to respiratory infections.

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