Pain Relief You Can Eat: Ginger & Turmeric

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” - Hippocrates the “Father of Medicine” (400 B.C.)
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and slight analgesic properties are thought to produce the reduction in pain, by inhibiting inflammation on a cellular level. Muscular and joint pain may be diminished by taking ginger.  It is also beneficial for nausea and to settle an upset stomach.  One of the chemicals ginger contains is used in antacid, laxative and anti-gas medicines. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibit the production of inflammatory compounds. Ginger has the same action, while also contributing an antioxidant effect that calms existing inflammation and irritation in the fluid between the joints. Ginger is known to suppress some allergic reactions due to its inflammation fighting properties. Ginger can be grated into food such as stir fry or made into tea. Ginger capsules are also available.
Try Ginger for:
Joint pain
Muscle pain
Stomach pain
Period pain
Lower back pain
Check with your doctor before you take ginger for medicinal purposes. If you’ve been prescribed a blood thinning medication like warfarin, ginger may reverse the effect, making it unsuitable.
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice commonly found in curries. The active ingredient is the phytonutrient curcumin, a powerful inhibitor of enzymes which cause swelling and pain. Curcumin also has antioxidant and antiviral properties, to support immune health. Studies have shown it may elevate levels of good enzymes that assist in liver detoxification. Turmeric is thought to have antibacterial, antifungal and anticancer effects, and is useful in promoting optimal digestion. The many health benefits of turmeric are the subject of ongoing research.  Turmeric has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic healing to address a variety of inflammatory conditions. In India, it is known as “holy powder.”
Turmeric may assist with:
Rheumatoid arthritis
Joint pain
Lower back pain    
Ulcerative colitis
Weight loss
Low mood
Check with your doctor before taking turmeric for medicinal purposes. It may be unsuitable prior to surgery, for people taking blood thinners like warfarin, pregnant women, and for people with gallbladder disease.
Spice up your life
  • In India, where spices are a dietary staple, rates of dietary-related illnesses such as cancer and heart disease have always been low
  • When Indian people move to Western countries and deviate from their traditional diet, rates of these diseases rise
  • Some researchers now believe this may be due in part to the protective effect of spices in the traditional diet
  • India has one of the lowest rates of bowel cancer in the world

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