How Ginger is Helping Cancer Patients

The StethoscopeJust hearing or saying the word cancer has a heaviness to it. It brings to mind its challenging and often painful processes and outcomes.

The list of cancers seems to be endless and growing: Breast cancer, prostate cancer, brain cancer, bone cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, to name some obvious ones.

Treatments for cancer are intense and often kill off healthy cells as they kill off cancer cells. The cocktail of drugs cancer patients are put on is sobering and the side-effects from cancer treatment are varied and difficult.

Using natural remedies to treat cancer is rarely taken seriously, but the efficacy of ginger root in treating cancer, its side-effect and symptoms is becoming more well-known.

Ginger’s medicinal use dates back thousands of years. Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) has many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but its promising anticancer mechanisms are being looked at more closely.

One study reports that when scientists applied a ginger/water solution to ovarian cancer cells, the cancer cells died from contact with the ginger solution.

Ginger extract also had a similar effect on prostate cancer cells.

Studies have shown that ginger extract inhibited growth and progression in human prostate cancer cells and actually killed cancer cells without affecting healthy prostate cells. This paints a promising picture for the management of prostate cancer.

An important aspect to this research is that there was no toxicity reported in normal tissues such as gut and bone marrow.

Ginger can also provide relief for some of the side-effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea and vomiting.

One thing to note is that taking ginger may interfere with blood clotting, and patients should consult with their doctors before introducing regular doses of ginger to their system.

There are many ways to add ginger to your diet, but one of the most potent and easy ways is to use ginger powder. It can be taken in capsule form or added to food.

Here’s a simple recipe for hot ginger tea to ease whatever ails you:

Organic Ginger Tea

Ingredients:

1 cup hot water
¼–½ tsp. Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder
1 lemon
1 tbsp. honey

Mix well and drink hot.

Ginger as a natural remedy for cancer reaffirms the relevance of this magical root, making it a virtual medicine cabinet. With hardly any side effects, it’s a prime choice for those looking for a truly natural cure to illness.

Photo credit: Wakaya Perfection

 

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