Nor is there any such thing as a free squat. Or a free push-up or pull-up. Or a free swim or run. Sooner or later, whatever exercise you love, whatever activity you do, you’ll end up hurting yourself, straining a muscle, or two. You won’t mean to. It will just happens. It’s a normal if unpleasant side effect of being active and healthy. The good news is that there’s a time-tested – and now scientifically-tested – and tasty way to ease that pain. It’s called ginger!
Ginger gets to the root of the problem
Ginger has been a popular remedy in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It’s easy to administer and not nearly as scary as having someone stick a pin in you saying “no, trust me, this will really work.” More recently ginger has been gaining popularity in the west as a great way to ease a queasy stomach.
Now a new study in The Journal of Pain (and what a cool name that is, makes you want to order a subscription based on the title alone – gosh, did I say that out loud) sorry.. Anyway, this article shows that ginger is also really really good for treating muscle pain.
Researchers at the University of Georgia divided 74 students into three groups (and if my math hasn’t completely disappeared that’s 24.666 per group, which is tough on that one student) The students were then given either raw ginger, heated ginger or a similar tasting placebo.
Ouch. You call this science
The students – and here’s the odd and slightly kinky part – were then given what the researchers describe as “experimentally induced muscle pain from 18 eccentric muscle exercises.” In short, they hurt those poor kids.
Here’s the good part, the students taking the ginger, regardless of whether it was raw or heated, reported around 23-25 percent reduced muscle pain compared to the group that took the placebo.
Delicious dish with healing pow
And the really good news is that heating the ginger didn’t seem to reduce its pain relieving ability. Which means if you have strained a muscle or have some muscle pain then getting an order of crystal ginger prawns or prawns vindaloo or spicy prawns with okra (okra is optional) – preferably with extra ginger – will hit the spot. In more ways than one.
Just remember to administer the remedy internally. And enjoy the the relief!