Apart from adding flavour to food, ginger is also known for its health benefits. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and also pain-relieving properties. This makes the root vegetable great for treating menstrual cramps in a natural way.
Why ginger is effective against period pain
So, how does it work? Zingibain, the enzyme found in ginger, protects your body from inflammation by inhibiting your body’s prostaglandins production. Prostaglandins are a type of pro-inflammatory chemicals that trigger the contractions of the uterus and help it shed its lining. There’s a direct link between menstrual cramp and the production of prostaglandins. Therefore, ginger, either taken as a dietary supplement or in tea, can help to cure menstrual cramps in a natural way.
Studies done on ginger and its pain-relief benefits indicate that it’s effective in getting rid of menstrual pain (which is medically known as dysmenorrhea). In 2015, scientists went through previously published findings to understand the effects of ginger in dysmenorrhea that isn’t caused by endometriosis. The study, published in Pain Medicine, revealed that ginger was more effective than a placebo in getting rid of period pain. Another study conducted in 2016, didn’t just state that the root vegetable helped more than a placebo, but also that it did a better job of reducing pain than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Furthermore, a research report suggested that the severity of menstrual bleeding can be controlled by consuming ginger. In this clinical trial, posted in Phytotherapy Research 2015, 92 women facing heavy bleeding were fed ginger supplements at regular intervals for three menstrual cycles. The result? The women on ginger supplements experienced a more dramatic reduction in menstrual bleeding than those who were given a placebo.
Relieve menstrual pain with ginger tea
Many women suffer from menstrual pain or cramps, sometimes up to the point of it affecting their work and/or social life. Painkillers are a popular way to relieve these cramps, but there’s also a more natural way to deal with menstrual pain and its symptoms, such as nausea, upset stomach, headache and fatigue: ginger. Take it three times a day for the best result.
You can consume ginger in many ways. Many people eat bits of ginger root in its raw form to achieve faster results. However, although it tastes amazing in food, raw ginger is acidic and stinging. Hence, the best way to consume ginger is by drinking ginger tea. You can buy ginger tea bags from the supermarket, but of course you can also make fresh ginger tea yourself. To do this, you need fresh roots of the ginger plant. Clean them properly under running water, slice them into pieces, remove the skin, slightly crush them using a mortar and pestle to extract the juice and follow the recipe below.
Ginger tea recipe
Ginger tea doesn’t just help against period pain, it also gives relief from cold and flu symptoms, such as sore throat and nasal congestion. The recipe below makes two to three cups of tea. You can also make more and warm it up when and as needed.
– Ginger root of about 3 inches (more if you like a strong flavour).
– 1 liter of water.
– Some sugar or honey (optional).
– 1 teaspoon of tea leaves (optional).
– Bring the water to a boil.
– Add the crushed ginger to it.
– Let it simmer for an hour until the quantity is reduced to half.
– Add the tea leaves and brew for a few minutes (optional).
– Strain the tea using a strainer.
– Add some honey or sugar to enhance the flavour (optional).
– Drink and enjoy its cramp relieving properties.
Ginger is a very safe natural ingredient. However, it has a few side effects. Since it’s acidic in nature, it can cause mouth burn, diarrhea, and heartburn. Therefore, avoid taking ginger or drinking ginger tea if you have peptic ulcers or are on blood-thinning medication.
About the author:
Emylee is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, yoga and fitness through her writing. Emylee currently writes about how to cure menstrual cramps for How To Cure. She can connect with others experiencing health concerns and help them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies.
Editorial note: Period! Magazine is a journalistic platform and is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice of medical practitioners. If you’re suffering from any medical complaints, always visit your doctor or GP.
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