Fibromyalgia patients benefit from the use of ginger

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Many fibromyalgia patients have reported that they reduced their chronic pain by using ginger. From fresh ginger to ginger tea, patients have tried a variety of forms. Although researchers continue to investigate the use of ginger to treat pain, medical experts recommend considering these types of alternative therapies to treat fibromyalgia and discussing them with your doctor.

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Understanding ginger

Ginger is a plant that has been used in herbal medicine for centuries. It is popular in Asia and has several benefits, so you can find it at a variety of retailers. Part of the Zingiberaceae family, this plant is a well-liked spice that is used in many dishes. The rhizomes of the plant are commonly used in cooking, but you can also find ginger tea, candy and other items. Both fresh and dried ginger can be used in the kitchen. In addition, you can find ginger extracts and pills.

Research on ginger and pain

Researchers continue to investigate ginger’s ability to reduce inflammation and pain in the body. One study from the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that ginger compress therapy could help patients with osteoarthritis. Patients reported more energy, better mobility, increased flexibility and less pain. Medical experts who have examined the study believe that it may also help fibromyalgia patients.

“Ginger compress therapy should be considered as a viable non-invasive option by nurses caring for people with osteoarthritis. Further controlled research on ginger compress therapy is needed with larger numbers of the elderly suffering from osteoarthritis,” recommended the researchers.

More research on ginger and pain

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A different study, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, found that ginger extract could reduce knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis. The researchers discovered that patients who received the ginger extract had less pain while standing compared to the control group. They used a purified and standardized extract twice a day, and medical experts believe that the findings may apply to others who suffer from chronic pain such as fibromyalgia patients.

Important side effects to consider

Ginger is labeled as GRAS or generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, it has several side effects and can interfere with some drugs. Before you start eating large quantities of ginger or taking supplements, you may want to consider the side effects and discuss them with your doctor.

Some of the most common side effects are stomach pain, gas and heartburn. In addition, you may experience mouth irritation from fresh ginger or other forms. Some patients have also reported rashes and bloating after eating large quantities of ginger. In addition, ginger can interfere with certain medications such as blood thinners, blood pressure drugs and diabetes drugs.

Anticoagulant properties in ginger

One of the risks that doctors warn about is ginger’s anticoagulant properties and their ability to interfere with drugs. If you are already taking prescription blood thinners, then combining them with ginger can be risky. In addition, medications such as aspirin should not be taken at the same time as ginger. You should discuss your medications and supplements with a doctor and pay attention to any bruising or bleeding because they can be signs of a serious problem.

Benefits for fibromyalgia patients

Although it is important to consider the side effects and risk factors, fibromyalgia patients report that they have seen benefits from taking ginger. They have reduced their pain, increased their energy levels and improved their flexibility. The Fibromyalgia foundation (TFF) has ginger on its list of recommended spices for patients. In addition, it has ginger on the list of ayurvedic herbs for fibromyalgia and chronic pain and suggests using ginger tea as an alternative to aspirin to treat aches.

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