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Ginger is not only used for culinary purposes. For years, a lop of people have used this spice as a home remedy for various discomforts and illnesses. One, in particular, is joint pain. Basically, this root contains numerous compounds that provide a long list of health benefits, especially in relieving pain and inflammation. 

A Brief Description of Arthritis

As you know, there are several types of arthritis. But, they all result to joint inflammation and pain. To explain further, the joint is an area where your bones meet and connect. Its main function is to support and allow bone movement. Keep in mind that your joints have several parts. Once any of its parts incurred some damage or infection, inflammation arises, resulting in mild to severe discomforts.

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The type of arthritis will depend on which part of this structure is affected. Take osteoarthritis for example. It is the type of arthritis wherein the affected area is your joint's cartilage. This typically occurs due to the wear and tear process. 

Remember, as of today, arthritis is still incurable. However, one can alleviate its symptoms through lifestyle changes, medications, and some natural remedies. One excellent remedy you can take for any types of arthritis is ginger tea. 

How Does Ginger Tea Relieve Arthritis?

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As mentioned earlier, the efficacy of  ginger tea lies on its healthful substances. So, what are the benefits it can provide?  

Several studies  have confirmed that ginger is rich in phytonutrients known as  gingerols. This specific compound is the main reason that this natural product is a potent painkiller and anti-inflammatory agent.

In a published study in the February 2010 issue of the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” and the 2005 issue of “Journal of Medicinal Food,” it was noted that ginger tea works by repressing prostaglandin synthesis through the inhibition of enzymes that cause inflammation namely cyclooxygenase-1 (Cox1) and cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox2). Some popular drugs considered as cox1 and cox2 inhibitors are non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Hence, ginger tea has similar effects with some NSAIDs.

Remember, if prostaglandin synthesis is not repressed, pain and swelling will only get worse. It may even result in severe joint damage. For that reason, individuals suffering from arthritis should always store some NSAIDs or a more convenient and healthier option, such as  tea made of ginger, to relieve your discomforts before it worsens. 

Recommendations

As presented above, ginger tea for arthritis is very effective. However, this can also cause adverse effects, such as heartburn and diarrhea. This is especially true when consumed in large doses.

To be on the safe side, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that one should not exceed the daily recommended dosage of ginger, which is four grams a day. Furthermore, this natural product also has a negative drug interactions specifically with anticoagulants or medications used as blood thinners. For that reason, you should always consult your doctor before using this natural remedy. A daily glass of carrot juice is another remedy you can try. This specific type of natural juice can also alleviate joint pain and swelling.

Finally, as mentioned earlier lifestyle changes are very important when dealing with this condition. Hence, you might also want  to avoid foods that can aggravate this condition.

Overall, if you are dealing with arthritis, always remember that you can always rely on ginger tea to ease your pain and swelling. 

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