For many years ginger has been used as a remedy for nausea and in the treatment of digestive problems. Today science confirms that its properties may also be used to fight arthritis; even when considering some of the more advanced forms of the condition such as inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
Laboratory studies prove that the useful and beneficial properties of ginger come as a result of several of its natural compounds; including gingerols and shogoal. These compounds have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
In addition to arthritis, ginger is instrumental in the treatment of digestive system ailments, heart conditions, and even cancer. Its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain and improve joint function associated with all forms of arthritis. The compounds found in ginger can act as an inhibitor of MOR-2 with the same effectiveness as conventional medications for rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis.
The useful properties of ginger may also be directed toward the treatment of osteoarthritis. A review of five different studies showed that patients with osteoarthritis who took ginger experienced a 30% reduction of pain and a 22% decrease in disability.