Inflammation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis?

An inflammation? Try ginger!

Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory substances, gingerols, that are said to have a positive influence on the pain threshold and mobility of persons suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Diverse clinical studies on joint inflammation, among others in Denmark, have shown that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of patients suffering from other inflammation and muscle complaints had reduced pain and swelling with the regular use of ginger.

Joint inflammation can be partially hereditary, but other factors also contribute to inflammation: age, occupation, obesity (which is especially bad for the hip and knee), environmental factors…

How does ginger combat inflammation?

Ginger reduces inflammation via the action of gingerols, the active components in ginger, which block the enzymes that cause the inflammation.

Research by Professor Roufogalis of the University of Sydney has demonstrated that gingerols have an immediate effect on pain. Gingerols have almost the same structure as capsaicin, the active substance in chili peppers, which are also effective against inflammation and pain. Gingerols affect the vanilloid receptors (VR1) in the body located at the nerve ends.

Is ginger an effective alternative against inflammation?

Ginger is said to be just as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs , but without the gastro-intestinal side effects. It does take longer to treat the inflammation. The advantage is that you do not need to stop the treatment, since ginger is absolutely not harmful in the dosages used.

If you wish to apply something externally for inflammation of the muscles or joints, use ginger-based massage oil. The pain will quickly be reduced and swelling will disappear.