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Does ginger affect blood pressure?

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Ginger is able to reduce blood pressure similar to some blood pressure and heart disease medicines, states MedlinePlus. Patients taking such medicines including verapamil, nifedipine and diltiazem while using ginger may experience an unsafe drop in blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Other such medications include amiodipine, felodipine and isradipine.

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Ginger is an herb often used in different forms as a medicine and as a spice in foods and beverages. Patients use its oil on the skin to relieve pain, on the wrists before surgery to prevent nausea, and use its juice to sooth burns. Other common medicinal uses include relieving gas, vomiting, osteoarthritis and bronchitis, notes MedlinePlus.

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