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What is ginger good for?

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The benefits of ginger relate to a variety of stomach problems. Some people find the root beneficial for low back pain. Manufacturers use it to add flavor and fragrance to products, according to WebMD.

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Asian medicine uses ginger for a variety of conditions. Stomach problems treated using ginger include nausea associated with cancer treatment, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; however, results of studies for this type of use have mixed results as of 2014. Other uses include treating the nausea of morning sickness and motion sickness. Women use ginger to reduce menstrual pain. Ginger has few side effects and does not seem to interfere with other medications, especially if the dosage remains small. Most common side effects include gas and bloating. Powdered ginger causes more side effects than other types. Ginger is the rhizome of a tropical plant with a long history of use as a spice in cooking.

For morning sickness, WebMD indicates women take 250 milligrams of ginger four times daily. Prior to surgery, to reduce post surgical nausea, some patients take up to 2 grams of powdered ginger root about an hour before they begin anesthesia. Dosing for arthritis, including lower back pain, varies by the product.

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