The ginger herb is believed to be able to combat numerous ailments, due to its antioxidant properties.

What are its health benefits?

Ginger’s healing properties have been recognised for thousand of years in India and Asia, but it’s now popular in many cultures.

Possible health benefits include:

  • Assisting in the management of digestive problems, nausea, loss of appetite and motion sickness
  • Assisting in the management of hot flushes, indigestion, constipation and wound healing
  • Assisting in the management of morning sickness during pregnancy

Ginger reportedly has powerful antioxidant benefits, including an ability to inhibit inflammation. In some laboratory studies, it has also shown some promise as an anti-cancer agent.

Find it in these sources

The root (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric.

It is available in capsules and tinctures, but you can also use fresh or powdered ginger in cooking or use the fresh root to make ginger tea.

Recommended dietary allowance (RDA)

Typical ginger consumption daily is 2 to 4g.

Specific dosages include:

  • Motion sickness: 500 to 1000mg of dried ginger powder
  • Nausea associated with pregnancy: 1g daily
  • Arthritis pain: take fresh ginger juice, ginger extract, or tea, 2 to 4g daily
  • To prevent vomiting: 0.5 to 2g daily

Consult with your Clicks pharmacist for more information about the correct ginger dosage for you.

Possible side effects

Ginger is safe for most people, but there are possible complications. The most common side effects are:

Allergic reactions to ginger have been reported. Stop taking ginger immediately and seek medical attention if you experience the following signs:

  • Struggling with breathing
  • Throat closure
  • Swelling on any area of the face
  • Hives

Symptoms of a ginger overdose may include sleepiness, confusion, dizziness, and irregular heartbeats.

Warnings

Consult with your doctor or Clicks pharmacist before using ginger if you're on blood thinners, diabetes medications or medications for high blood pressure.

Ensure you discuss dietary supplementation with your Clicks pharmacist to avoid the potential for side effects and adverse interactions with medications.

This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in September 2015