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What are the medicinal benefits of ginger?

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Ginger's medicinal benefits take many different forms, studies show that it can be used to treat swelling, motion sickness and nausea caused by surgery, chemotherapy and pregnancy. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat digestion problems, diarrhea and vomiting for thousands of years, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Ginger has also been used to treat muscle pains associated with exercise, to reduce inflammation related with the early stages of cancer and in some cases to ease the symptoms of bronchitis and upper respiratory tract infections.

Other studies show that ginger has been effective in lowering blood pressure, treating migraines and liver damage caused by other medicines. One study by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that when ovarian cancer cells were exposed to a solution of ginger, all of the cells died.

It's recommended that before taking ginger to help with illness, a physician should be consulted beforehand, especially if taking blood thinning medication or undergoing treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure as it can cause side effects.

Ginger is also used to treat loss of appetite and allergies. Its anti-inflammatory properties are used to treat sore throats as it reduces swelling and also helps to stimulate the secretion of mucus, reports the HealthSite.

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