Ginger

Helps Reduce Inflammation & Improve Circulation

Ginger, a plant native to Asia, has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Ginger is used in our topical pain relief products because it has been known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger has been known to work on pain receptors to help suppress signals that cause pain. Ginger is also believed to have powerful antioxidant properties, and it is claimed it can decrease age-related oxidative stress markers.

Ginger - The Medicinal Marvel

What is Ginger?

The flowering Ginger plant has a rhizome (underground stem/root) which has been widely used as a spice and natural medicine for years. It was first discovered in South-East Asia, but is used worldwide for its medicinal and herbal properties. The health-promoting aspect of ginger has been widely attributed to its rich phyto-chemistry.(1)

Ginger root has been utilized for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many different ailments. The Chinese have used ginger to treat ailments for over 4,700 years. During the rule of the Roman Empire ginger became a priceless commodity due to its advanced medicinal properties. Some of its uses throughout history have included the treatment of muscle pains, strains, lower back pain, menstrual cramps and arthritis. Ginger is thought to help improve circulation and help reduce inflammation. The warming capabilities of ginger can soothe sore muscles, and aching joints.

Ginger Studies

The Anti-Oxidant & Anti-Inflammatory

Ginger has been known to have excellent pain relieving properties. The active ingredient in Ginger is Gingerol which acts on vanilloid receptors, otherwise referred to as VR1. VR1 or vanilloid receptors are located on pain sensory nerve endings. The initial intense burning sensation when Gingerols make contact with the skin affect the pain sensory pathways directly, while also actively working on the cause of the pain by helping to relieve inflammation. There have been widespread studies pertaining to the effectiveness of Ginger’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. One such study reported that Ginger is able to decrease age-related oxidative stress markers (Topic et al. 2002) and another backs up claims of ginger’s purported ability to decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain.  (Young et al. 2005).

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