The Possible Medicinal Properties of Ginger

Ginger is known all over the world for its culinary uses, but even more for its medicinal properties. Discover the possible medicinal properties of ginger here!
The Possible Medicinal Properties of Ginger
Maricela Jiménez López

Written and verified by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 12 May, 2022

Ginger is a tuber with Asian origins. It’s known all over the world for its culinary uses, but even more so for its possible medicinal properties. This aromatic plant has a spicy flavor and may be very effective for fighting various diseases.

For many years, ginger has been used as a fundamental spice in Asian food. Experts have shown that it also may have a curative effect on digestive diseases and the heart.

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Medicinal properties of ginger

Here is the wide range of properties that this medicinal plant contains:

A painkiller and anti-inflammatory

Apply it as a compress for joint pains caused by a cold or from arthritis. Be consistent when you apply them to get fast and satisfactory results.

For the heart

Heart care.

Ginger may be used as a treatment for heart disease. It may help reduce cholesterol in your arteries and help protect your blood.


It’s great for blood circulation. It’s recommended for people who suffer from cold hands and feet.


Types of headaches.

Ginger may help fight headaches and painful migraines. Consume it three times a day to get the best results.

Nausea and vomiting: One of the medicinal properties of ginger

Consumed as an infusion, this plant may help relieve dizziness and urges to vomit. It ‘ recommended for pregnant women that feel nausea during the first weeks of gestation. However, you shouldn’t overdo it.

For digestion

A woman with gastritis.

This plant may help relieve gastritis, acid reflux, swollen stomach, spasms, irritable colon, and many more ailments. It may help control the bile that’s produced and your metabolism, too.

Colds and 9nfections

Ginger is recommended for otitis, cystitis, allergies, and colds. It also may relieve coughing and help clean your respiratory tract.

Tips for the plant

Ginger should be kept whole, in a dry area, and away from heat and sunlight. It can also be mixed with the following to prepare different types of teas:

In addition to the above, you can eat ginger with your meals. It’s known as one of the most popular and exquisite spices to eat.


It’s always best to use the resources that nature gives us. They are a vital source to regenerate your health. The curative properties that the ginger plant offers us may help fight several conditions. However, you should also remember that anything in excess has consequences and side effects.

If you notice any unexpected reactions from eating a lot of ginger, you should stop consuming it for at least four days and always consult a specialist to advise you on this medicinal plant.

We hope you enjoyed learning about the possible medicinal properties of ginger!

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.