The 2000 year old ginger root remedy for IBS.

Article by Sian

The properties of Ginger

The use of ginger root as a medicine goes back to India, and the Far East, where Chinese herbalists have advocated it's properties for over 2,000 years.

It is used as a natural remedy for anything from mild indigestion to severe nausea and cramping.

Clinical studies have proven that it provides relief for morning sickness, the nausea following chemotherapy and that it is more effective in preventing motion sickness than certain prescribed drugs.

Ginger has a mild inflammatory action, both internally and externally, it also contains powerful digestive enzymes and is therefore helpful for the affects of over-eating.It has anti-spasmodic properties, and may help to prevent vomiting. Ginger also aids in toning the intestinal muscles.

Ginger and IBS
Ginger can be bought in many forms, and all and any are recommended in aiding the symptoms of IBS.

Fresh and dried ginger root is available in health stores and the fresh produce section of many large supermarkets.

The root can be scraped or grated to make tea, simply steep for a few minutes in boiling water and then strain off the ginger.

Honey can be added to taste, and this drink is both warming and delicious.

Crystallized ginger can be eaten as a sweet or candy between meals to aid nausea or indigestion, Ginger Altoids can also be bought, as can capsules.

I have tried both ginger tea and ginger capsules for nausea, long before I was diagnosed with IBS.

Even before that, my grandmother and mother suggested ginger ale or ginger wine for my periodic spasms of intense sickness.

I have found that it does have a remarkable effect upon nausea, and since that is the commonest symptom of my IBS and the most unpleasant, I will try anything which is supposed to ease it.

Although I am prescribed medication (Metoclopramide) for sickness, I prefer to take ginger.

I use the capsules, as they are more concentrated, or when in tea form, make it rather strong. It does not cure the IBS, but it is excellent for nausea.

I found that it was most effective when taken regularly, and not simply as and when I felt sick.

That has applied to most of the natural remedies I have tried, including Acidophilus, they need to be taken as a course rather than irregularly for a real difference to be seen.

Ginger tea can be bought in teabag form, and when I buy it I use more than one teabag and let it steep for up to ten minutes, although I recommend the grated ginger-root for greater strength.

However, teabag form is better than nothing.

It should be printed on the packet what percentage of the tea contains ginger and the highest concentration is the most effective.

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