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Can Ginger Reduce Allergy Symptoms?

Posted May 15 2009 11:32pm 1 Comment
A patient asked me if ginger can reduce allergy symptoms. I have never been asked this before. I have never read of nor heard of using ginger for allergies. Ginger comes from the Ginger plant, so it can be considered a natural therapy for some disorders. Ginger has been used by the (we) Chinese for over 2,000 years to treat nausea and upset stomach. More recently, ginger has been used for nausea associated with chemotherapy and still as a digestive aid. For the latter, since ginger is used in Chinese cooking, I can say that it does not upset my stomach. Before people conclude that I wholeheartedly endorse ginger, not some people have reported allergic reactions to ginger. So be careful and good luck.
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I'm a 40 years old male. I've been suffering from the hay fever during spring time for over 6 years now. I've never suffered from any other type of allergies before. In spring time, I used to live on Benadryl, otherwise, I'd severely hit by that crazy seasonal allergy. Just a few weeks ago, I read an article about how "ginger" can help reduce the seasonal allergy. The article suggested that drinking ginger tea 2 or 3 times a day would help. I was willing to try anything to get rid of this annoying allergy. I bought the ginger tea plus the ginger roots themselves. I started it by taking a slice of ginger in the morning with some orange juice (just to help reduce the very spicy taste), drinking a cup of ginger tea during the day and another slice of the ginger root at night. Guess what?? I've never used Benadryl or any other allergy meds since I had my first ginger slice! I can even go to the park, open the windows in the morning and drive my car with open windows! I'm still amazed first, by how effective this ginger is and second, by how this is not known by many people including doctors as a natural, meds-free allergy treatment!
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