Doctors recommend using ginger to minimize nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and motion sickness, according to Dr. Linda White for Everyday Health. Studies confirm ginger decreases inflammation, pain from menstrual cramping, arthritis and headaches. The spice also suppresses the cold-causing rhinovirus and decreases intestinal spasms and gas.
Ginger stimulates circulation, has a warming effect and may prevent stomach ulcers that can result from using ibuprofen, aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ginger can also minimize the diarrhea-causing bacteria salmonella, explains Dr. White. People can take ginger in various forms effectively, such as powder, crystals, 250-milliliter capsules, freshly grated ginger or in real ginger carbonated beverages.