Health Benefits of Ginger for CIDP
Ginger extract may be helpful in relieving CIDP related inflammation and pain if taken in proper dosages and may one day replace certain anti-inflammatory drugs.
By Shiraz Abbas
Ginger is one of the healthiest spices on the planet. It is used in foods and teas and is used ubiquitously across the world. Ginger originated in China and it is closely related to turmeric which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Best of all, it may be helpful for CIDP.
Ginger can help with inflammation and pain related to chronic autoimmune disorders like CIDP. For example, in a study of 247 people with osteoarthritis, those who took ginger had less inflammation and less pain. The results were so impressive that the University of Miami concluded the following about the study:
In fact, a University of Miami study concluded that ginger extract could one day be a substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo.
How is this happening? A UCLA researcher says the following:
“Research shows that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level,” says the study’s lead author, Roy Altman, MD, now at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Again, another researcher adds:
What makes ginger so helpful? “Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities, as well as a small amount of analgesic property,” says Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
Like arthritis, CIDP is also an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disease. You may be thinking that ginger bread or cookies may be enough ginger for you, but the amounts available in them are too low to make a difference. This is not to mention all the other unhealthy ingredients that may make your CIDP worse. For example, these pastries have a lot of sugar and we saw how sugar can exacerbate CIDP symptoms.
A good place to start is to try ginger extracts in the form of capsules as eating ginger directly may be very difficult to consume given how strong of a taste it has. You may want to start with low dosage capsules and increase it as per recommendation of your doctor. A good combination would be a turmeric-ginger-pepper extract. The turmeric will supplement the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger and pepper will help its absorption in your body.
Again, as we always say, before you do anything, make sure to consult with your doctor first.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.