Sept. 15, 2010
Daily doses of raw or heat-treated
ginger are effective for relieving muscle pain following strenuous
exercise, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain,
published by the American Pain Society, ampainsoc.org.
In one study, four to 36 weeks of daily
ginger doses (30 to 500 mg.) achieved reductions in knee pain from
Seventy-four students were divided in three groups given either raw
ginger, heated ginger or placebo. The authors hypothesized that pain
ratings after exercise would be lower in the ginger group compared
to placebo subjects.
Heat treating ginger,
therefore, did not increase the analgesic benefit.
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