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Ginger: The Best and Most Cost-Effective Herb For Nausea

Posted May 15 2009 10:01pm
Fresh ginger, or sheng jiang, has been known for thousands of years to ease nausea.  It is definitely one of my favorite herbs in all of the Chinese medicinal herbs.  Why?  Because it is easy to find here in the West, very easy to prepare, and pleasant-tasting.  

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is reporting the results of a federally-funded study that shows that chemotherapy patients who took ginger capsules for three days before treatment had significantly less post-chemo nausea than those who did not take ginger.  You may read more about the study by clicking  here.

While the article notes that the patients took their ginger supplements in capsule form, I recommend taking the herb in fresh, raw form.  You may purchase fresh organic ginger root at any grocery store these days.  You will not have to look far, I promise.  If your regular grocery store does not carry fresh ginger, ask them to order some.  Fresh ginger root looks like  this.  You will pay about $4.00 for a ginger root that fits into the palm of your hand.  One fresh ginger root may yield up to 20 servings.  

Dosage is 2 - 5 grams per serving.  You may safely take 2 to 3 servings per day.  To make a fresh ginger tea, slice 4 - 5 pieces the size of a quarter and steep them for 10 minutes in boiling water, like you would make a tea.  You may also grate ginger and put it in yogurt, oatmeal, stir fry, and any other dish that may need a spicy kick.

Ginger also has antibacterial properties, tranquilizing, and anti-hypertensive effects.  Please speak with your M.D. if you are pregnant and considering taking ginger.

Thank you for reading.
Tamara ZumMallen

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