As a dentist one is aware of many scientific discoveries, especially in the field of health and medicine. Our experience through dental marketing tells us that there are often naturally sourced compounds that can be used to treat ailments without resorting to the oft-prescribed mainstream drugs as a first option. Let us look at ginger as an example. Ginger is well known to most people as a cooking spice, but it also has some remarkable benefits to health. Some of these have been known about since ancient times, and used in traditional medicine in various parts of the world.
The term “ginger” refers, in fact, to the edible portion of the plant Zingiber officinale, and is a horizontal stem or rhizome that grows underground. Ginger was first grown in China, and is a well known ingredient in Chinese food. These days it is grown commercially across the world in places like India, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
One of the most important helpful properties of ginger is as an aid to digestion. Good digestion is a keystone for good general health. Scientific studies show that ginger aids fat and protein digestion, and also encourages beneficial intestinal flora populations. Ginger can also act on the muscles of the gut that cause peristalsis and push food on through the intestines. The effect is to help relieve stomach and intestinal cramps, bloating, and diarrhoea. Pregnant women have long used ginger to good effect in order to relieve the nausea associated with morning sickness. Even candied ginger, ginger tea, or a ginger biscuit seem to help. Ginger has been found to be as effective as drugs in many cases for control of motion sickness in a car or in a boat at sea. It is also useful in cases of nausea from chemotherapy.
Chemically, ginger contains certain volatile oils, giving it pungency, as well as analgesic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The latter makes it useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, usually as a ginger bath. A dentist will also know the usefulness of ginger in relieving a sore throat, which can be valuable information to include in dental website marketing.
There is evidence that ginger tends to thin the blood and lessen clotting. It also appears to help lower cholesterol levels as well as high blood pressure. These are important attributes that can bring down the risk of stroke and heart disease. These benefits are possibly not as widely recognised as they might be.
Demand for ginger is high as it’s so useful for culinary purposes. It can spice up jellies and jams, salads, and stir-fries. It has long been popular in gingerbread and cookies. Widely available in most stores and supermarkets, ginger is very useful indeed, and we should not overlook its medicinal properties, which only now, are beginning to be properly appreciated in many Western countries.
Ginger is one of several of nature’s plants, like garlic, that are friends of man, have been around for thousands of years, and yet have not been fully appreciated The use of ginger in medicine is to be encouraged where appropriate, since it is a natural remedy for many conditions without the side effects that can occur with many man-made drugs. Dental consulting will help any dentist help you, the patient, by reminding you to gargle with a tincture of ginger next time you have a sore throat.