GingerThere is an old Chinese saying, “If you eat lobok in winter and ginger in summer, you will stay away from the prescriptions of your doctor.” From this, you can see the amazing healing power of ginger. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ginger is called small ginseng. Have you ever noticed that your body starts to feel warm after eating ginger? Why is that? It is not just because ginger is spicy. This is because it speeds up the blood circulation in your body. There are many amazing healing benefits of ginger that you may not aware of, let’s explore some of them today.

1. Treats mouth ulcers or canker sores

Rinse your mouth with hot ginger water two to three times a day. In general, the ulcer starts to heal in 2-3 days. Ginger can also treat periodontitis; you can gargle with warm ginger water in the morning and evening. If your throat is sore and itchy, you can add a pinch of sea salt in your warm ginger water and drink it two to three times a day.

headache2. Relieves headaches/migraines

When a migraine attack occurs, you can soak your hands in hot ginger water for about fifteen minutes, and you can feel that your migraine is relieved or even disappeared after this.

3. Reduces lower back pain and shoulder pain

Add a small amount of salt and vinegar to the hot ginger water, then soak a towel in the hot ginger water and wring it out. Apply the warm towel to the affected area until it is getting cold, apply this several times a day and it can greatly relieve shoulder/neck pain and lower back pain.

There are some simple exercises that you can do to relieve shoulder/neck pain.

4. Reduces high blood pressure

When blood pressure rises, you can soak your feet in hot ginger water for about 15 minutes. It can cause blood vessels to dilate, which triggers the blood pressure to drop.

5. Prevents hair loss

Use warm ginger water to wash your hair regularly, and the result is great to prevent hair loss and even boldness. This method can also prevent dandruff. All you need is to give it a try.

Arthritis6. Relieves arthritis

Eat a few slices of fresh ginger every morning after you get up, and stick to it 3 times a day. This routine can help relieve joint pain and arthritis.

7. Gets rid of a cold or cough

Soak your feet in the hot ginger water and make sure that the hot ginger water covers your ankle. Add a small amount of salt and vinegar, and soak your feet until your feet are warm and turn red. This ginger foot bath can effectively treat a cold, cough, and headaches.

Here are some popular recipes from Traditional Chinese Medicine that have been used as natural remedies to treat common illnesses for many years.

8. Vomiting

One tablespoon of fresh ginger juice mixes with two tablespoons of raw honey, then add three tablespoons of warm water and mix all the ingredients well in a cup. Drink this liquid mixture 20-30 minutes before meals to treat and prevent nausea and vomiting. This natural remedy can effectively calm GI discomfort.

9. Acute gastroenteritis

5 slices of fresh ginger, 15 grams of tea leaves, 1 head of garlic, mash all the ingredients in a blender. Transfer the mixture to a pot and add 2 cups of water and bring it to boil, let it cool down, drink it warm and adjust the taste by adding a small amount of brown sugar. Drink this liquid remedy 3 times a day to help relieve acute gastroenteritis.

Motion Sickness10. Motion sickness

Place one slice of fresh ginger in your belly button; cover it with a piece of bandage, this can effective relieve motion sickness.

You may not be aware that your belly button possesses a powerful healing power.

Cough

11. Cough

5 slices of ginger, 2 walnuts without the shell, and 1 tbsp. of raw honey, mash all the ingredients and mix well, take it early in the morning to help relieve a cough.

Here are other simple recipes that can treat a cough effectively based on TCM.

12. Menstrual cramps

Drinking warm ginger tea with a small amount of brown sugar to adjust the taste can help relieve menstrual cramps.

Green Onions13. Cold/flu

Recipe one: 6 grams of fresh ginger, 5 green onions (the root end), and 1 tsp. of brown sugar, put all the ingredients in a pot and add 2 cups of water, bring it to boil, and then simmer for 5-10 minutes, serve the drink as hot. It is effective for the onset of a cold or flu.

LobokRecipe two: 4-5 slices of fresh ginger, 250 grams of white lobok, and 1 tsp. of brown sugar, put all the ingredients in a pot and add 2 cups of water, bring it to boil, and then simmer for 5-10 minutes, serve the drink as hot. It usually relieves a cold through sweating.

14. Abdominal cramps

9 grams of fresh ginger (sliced), 7 white pepper (crushed), and 15 grams of brown sugar, put all the ingredients in 300ml of hot water to make a tea. Drink it twice a day morning and evening to calm down abdominal cramps.

15. Frostbite

10 grams of fresh ginger (sliced), 10 peppers, 25 grams of brown sugar, and 500 ml of water, put all the ingredients in a pot, and bring it to boil. Serve it as hot. It helps prevent frostbite in cold weather.

There are many other amazing health benefits of ginger that are worth exploring.

Ginger is truly a wonder food that Mother Nature has offered to us. Ginger tastes hot and spicy, so as ginger’s fighter spirit. It teaches us to have patience, perseverance, and never give up.

What is your favorite ginger recipe? Please share with us.

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“I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.” ~ Vannoy Gentles Fite

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Lucy Liu

As a Registered Dietitian, Holistic Health Practitioner, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Author and Speaker, Master Hypnotist, Master NLP Practitioner, and Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Lucy Liu, the founder of optimalhealthsolutions.ca, has established a widely recognized reputation in holistic health. After many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner, Lucy has devoted herself to bringing a comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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