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Ginger – The herb that cures

Ginger has been used as a spice and medicine for thousands of years. It has been recorded in early Ayurvedic treatises and Chinese texts. Ginger has a wide variety of herbal uses, many of which have been scientifically proven. Ginger is called ardrakam in Sanskrit and its anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet properties have attracted considerable interest among researchers.

Medicinal Uses

  • Ginger can be chewed after meals in conditions like indigestion, gastritis, flatulence, gastrointestinal infection, and parasites. This protective action of ginger is attributable to the excessive secretion of saliva.
  • If you feel heavy and bloated after consumption of non-vegetarian and fried fatty food, you can try this remedy – take half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, one teaspoonful each of lime juice and fresh mint juice mixed in a teaspoonful of honey.
  • If you have painful periods, take a small piece of fresh ginger, pound it, and boil in a cup of water for a few minutes, sweetened with sugar and take this thrice daily.
  • Ginger acts as good medicine for throat problems. Chewing a piece of fresh ginger along with clove and a crystal of common salt acts as an excellent remedy for pharyngitis, loss of voice due to shouting or singing; paralyzed muscles of tongue and fauces, colds, rhinitis, enlarged uvulva, tonsillitis, etc.
  • If you are suffering from dropsy and scanty urination, take a teaspoonful of ginger juice with a glass of tender coconut water.
  • For those who suffer from dental sensitiveness or toothache caused by eating sour fruits, ginger gives good relief. Burn it and mix with common salt. This can be used as toothpowder.
  • If you are suffering from diarrhoea and dysentry, fresh ginger fried in ghee can be taken with buttermilk twice of thrice daily.
  • Half a teaspoonful of ginger juice can be taken with half boiled egg and honey once daily at bedtime for a month. This tones up the sex centers and is very useful in curing impotency, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhoea, etc.

Ginger can be used to:

  • Stimulate digestion, and to enhance absorption of other treatments.
  • As a diaphoretic and anti-pyretic for fevers and common cold.
  • As a diffusive stimulant to reinforce the action of other digestive, diaphoretic, and expectorant herbs.
  • To treat and prevent nausea and vomiting. It has also been found to be effective in the treatment of vertigo. It is preferable to give ginger as early as possible during the disease period since the vomiting back of ginger can act as kind of “aversion therapy.”
  • To treat digestive problems, particularly colic, flatulent, peptic ulcers and gastro-intestinal infections and infestations.
  • As an anti-platelet agent for decreasing cardio-vascular risk.
  • To treat migraine headaches, especially in conjunction with other herbal therapies.
  • Topical application for acute inflammatory conditions, like a ginger compress for acute mastitis.
  • Please Note
  • Ginger should not be used in conditions such as obstinate skin diseases, anaemia, dysuria, haemorrhage, burning sensation in the body, and during summer season.
  • Use of ginger should be matched to the person’s condition and constitution, that is, ginger will be most effective for “cold” patients with “cold” conditions as the action of ginger is described as “vata kapha haram” in the classical text.
  • Ginger should be used cautiously in people receiving potent anti-coagulant and anti-platelet drugs or in circumstances where prolonged bleeding time might be disadvantageous.

via Ginger – The herb of many uses including medicinal | Tattva’s Herbs Blog.


Natural Ways to Increase Immunity

Getting sick is something most of us don’t want or have time for, its something we can’t plan, and is often uncomfortable. Even with a healthy diet a cold or a flu virus can strike without warning. We are exposed to millions of viruses and bacteria everyday that may not affect us because of our immune system. The immune system fights these pathogens and identifies them to defend against them in the future. A healthy immune system is capable of dealing with the constant bacterial and viral load, it’s our armor that protects us from disease.

Some of the basic functions of the immune system are to create a barrier against pathogens and microorganisms, prevent dangerous bacteria and viruses to multiply, and trigger the destruction of damaged cells.

Cells of the innate immune system include mast...
Cells of the innate immune system include mast cells and natural killer cells, the phagocytes (monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells), and the granulocytes (neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils). Each cell type is equipped with different mechanisms that allow it to attack and eliminate pathogens from the body. The innate immune cells demonstrate the immune system’s versatility. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a number of factors that can weaken the immune system and seriously threaten our health. Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, RA, MS, and others have sudden and unexplained onset with chronic symptoms that limit quality of life. Other more common factors that weaken our immune system are stressors, lack of physical activity, fast food or junk food, exposure to toxins, and pollution.

Because a healthy immune system is crucial for good health, like a knight with armor that protects us from external and internal diseases, scientists researched the foods, supplements, and behaviors that increase the presence of T-cells or white cells, the cells responsible for fighting disease.

Garlic– It reduces cold and flu and can even prevent it. It does this by increasing the number of immune cells NK and gamma-Delta T. You can swallow a whole garlic first thing in the morning when you are sick or you can use it to season almost any dish.

Astragalus root and herb– A powerful antiviral and immune booster, it’s rich in flavonoids and amino acids, increases activity of T-cells, and can help prevent colds and respiratory infections. It’s recommended to be taken as tea or extract.

Iron– An essential mineral for immunity, it fights inflammatory processes. Any iron deficiencies impair the immune system and increase the susceptibility to viral and bacterial infection. It’s recommended to extract iron from vegetables, fruits, nuts, or seafood. Some examples are spinach, beets, beans, nuts, almonds, and oysters. Too much iron is not good either, use caution.

Olive leaf– Has antioxidants and is a bacteria-buster. Use it for cooking and in salads, it promotes healthy bacteria that destroys harmful bacteria. In several studies the extract of olive leaf was enough for treating common microbes such as Helicobacter pylori and staphylococcus aureus.

Oregano– Has antioxidant powers, can kill salmonella and staphylococcus, it will boost your immune system. Try to use the fresh herb as tea or oil.

Probiotics and yogurt– Will improve the immune system of your stomach and promote healthy bacteria, they are a natural killer of bad breath and digestive tract problems. Kefir and yogurt are great sources.

Carrots– An excellent source of beta carotene, will increase the number of NK cells and other T helper cells.

Vitamin C– Will prevent and cure colds, flu, and other inflammatory processes. Kale, lemons, tomatoes, strawberries, berries, and pineapple contain vitamin C that stimulates growth of tissues and cells.

Ginger tea– It’s loaded with virus-fighting substances, antibacterial and antiviral, it’s one of the most effective natural treatments, even small doses in extract or tea shown its effectiveness. It will suppress cold and will help you avoid stomachaches due to anti-inflammatory properties.

Yoga– Exercise positively stimulates our immune systems, in clinical trials it has been shown to increase immune cells and decrease number of infections and colds suffered each year.

Cold showers– Effectively boosts testosterone, an immunity booster and protector, and white T-cells according to recent studies

via 11 Natural Ways to Increase Your Immunity – PositiveMed.