The root of the ginger plant has been acclaimed for its medicinal benefits since ancient times. It’s primarily used to prevent and relieve nausea, indigestion, heart rhythm irregularities, inflammation and pain. Ginger is also reported to lower cholesterol levels and help prevent the formation of blood clots.
Ginger helps with blood circulation and has anti-inflammatory qualities that ease arthritis and other body aches and pains. It increases the body’s production of saliva and other digestive fluids, which relieves an upset stomach and supports healthy digestion. It is effective as a cleansing agent through the bowels and kidneys and also through the skin.
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