Herbs for healthy hearts and circulation: Ginger

Excerpt from Dr. Susan Lark’s Healing Herbs for Women

Ginger is a pungent, spicy herb native to southern Asia. For thousands of years, ginger has been an important herb used in traditional Asian medicine. It is now cultivated throughout the tropics in countries as diverse as Jamaica, India, and China. It is used as a spice in many cuisines and as a flavoring agent for beverages such as ginger ale and in many baked goods.

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It works through modulating or balancing the prostaglandin pathway. Chemicals in ginger have been found to inhibit inflammatory chemicals like thromboxanes and leukotrienes, which have been linked to conditions like asthma and coronary artery spasm. On the other hand, these chemicals do not interfere with the production of beneficial anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. As a result, ginger has been found to reduce inflammation, pain, and fever in a variety of conditions. As such, its effects are similar to medications like aspirin, without the toxic side effects.

Ginger also acts as a vasodilator, promoting healthier blood circulation throughout the body. This beneficial property means that more oxygenation and nutrient flow reaches the heart and other essential organs of the body.

Suggested Dosage: Dry, powdered ginger root can be used in dosages of 500 to 1000 mg per day. Tripling or quadrupling this dosage may provide more rapid relief. However, dosages should not be used beyond this level.

For more information about ginger or other herbs that support heart and circulatory health, see my book Dr. Susan Lark’s Healing Herbs for Women available on AmazonAmazon Kindle and Womens Wellness Publishing.

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