Ginger the natural painkiller
Today I want to recommend to you a painkiller that’s not scary at all. In fact, you probably don’t have to look beyond your kitchen cabinet to find it.
I’m talking about ginger.
For centuries it’s been used throughout Asia to treat joint pain, colds, and even indigestion. It can reduce pain in the muscles and joints by as much as 25%.1
And taking raw and cooked ginger daily can be an effective pain reliever – even for inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis.
That’s because inflammation is the root cause all kinds of problems – from arthritis to back pain to muscle aches.
Ginger contains 12 different compounds that fight inflammation. Some block the Cox-2 enzyme which triggers it. Some lower pain receptor and nerve-ending sensitivity. Together they work almost the same as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
So, if you want to cut back on painkillers and avoid the harmful side effects, supplement your diet with ginger.
Here are some ways to get your daily doses:
Stir fry food with it: It’ll add an invigorating taste to any meat and vegetable dish. Sprinkle some grated ginger on top for even more great flavor.
Supplement: Most pharmacies or health food stores sell ginger powder in pills or capsules. Look for an extract with 5% gingerols.
Use a ginger compress on painful areas: It’ll stimulate blood flow and ease achy joints.
Drink ginger tea: It’s cheap. It’s easy. It tastes great. And it heals. Here’s a recipe I use: Ingredients
water, 4 cups
2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
optional: honey and lemon slice
Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it’s boiling, add the ginger. Then cover it, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.
1 Ozgoli G, Goli M, Moattar F. “Comparison of Effects of Ginger, Mefenamic Acid, and Ibuprofen on Pain in Women with Primary Dysmenorrhea.” J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Feb;15(2):129-32.
Robyn is a qualified Herbalist and has practised natural medicine for over 25 years in Australia.