Posted by MRK on 18th April 2013

Health Benefits Of Ginger During Pregnancy: Uses Of Ginger Root

Ginger is a common spice everyone uses while cooking. But did you know that Ginger is one of the most effective natural medications we have today? It is interesting to note that Ginger was used as a condiment all over the world, especially in Indian and Chinese cuisines, before anyone realized its true medicinal power. In fact, it took the world a good 2000 years before grasping its complete medicinal potential.

The true reason behind the use of Ginger in food is found in books of medical literature written by the Greeks, Romans, Indians and Chinese.

It was advised to add Ginger to food because of its almost “magical” digestive abilities. It was added to food so that the main ingredients became easier to digest. The flavor and zing it contributed to the dish was an added bonus.

What Are The Benefits Of Ginger In Pregnancy?

Ginger is an Excellent Digestive Aid: Ginger is known to stimulate salivary and stomach secretions, which are rich in digestive enzymes. The beauty of this herb is that it does so without causing the slightest irritation to the stomach whatsoever.

It’s Phenomenal Against Nausea: Ginger is, in the end, a spice. What it does is that, along with smoothing the digestive disturbance, it confuses the brain. The spiciness of the ginger interferes with the vomiting signals of the brain and this puts a dampener on the nausea.

Ginger Fights Inflammation: Although a lot of research has not been undertaken in this context, it has been observed that ginger alleviates inflammation by reducing swelling. It is known to be of great help in many arthritic complaints.

Ginger Enhances Immunity: Ginger, being a spice, has a warming effect on the body. This causes the body to give out this heat by means of perspiration.

Natural perspiration eliminates many toxins from the body and is an effective protection for the skin too.

Uses Of Ginger Root During Pregnancy

  • Ginger effectively alleviates the irritating nausea constantly felt in the first few months of pregnancy. This is due to an active principle in it called Zingerone, which sends signals to the brain and confuses it. The anti-emetic effect of ginger is so potent that even patients suffering from intractable nausea of Hyperemesis Gravidarum or from side effects of chemotherapy find sweet relief by it. Ginger can also be combined with lemon juice to form a formidable combination fighting against this unpleasant feeling.
  • Pregnancy is known to cause digestive problems. The hormonal levels, constant nausea and the perennial psychological anxiety felt by it make the pregnant woman easy prey to many kinds of digestive problems including diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, and in later stages of pregnancy, acid reflux too. Ginger acts like a tonic, and soothes the irritated muscles of the stomach and intestines, and helps to get them back on track and do what they are supposed to do. By aiding in breaking down food, it also helps in effective absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract.
  • You can add fresh ginger to your food or even your tea to avail of its benefits. It is advised that 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger taken in divided doses effectively helps to combat various digestive problems during pregnancy. However, caution is advised while taking ginger medications containing herbs other than ginger.

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