Current research about ginger tea benefits confirms what traditional herbal medicine has been telling us for years about this remarkable, healthful tea.
Spicy, soothing ginger tea benefits health and wellness in many ways, and, thanks to traditional wisdom, we know that sipping some delicious ginger tea is a natural way to fight a cold, stop nausea in its tracks, ease arthritic pain and swelling, or settle an upset stomach.
Now, recent research examining ginger's many benefits is providing additional information about this powerful spice.
If you're not really interested in research, and would rather just learn more about ginger tea for health, please visit our Benefits of Ginger Tea pages. Otherwise, keep reading to find out what current scientific studies are revealing about ginger and ginger tea benefits.
In two separate studies in 2009, researchers at the University of Georgia in the US found that consuming ginger on a daily basis can help to relieve muscle aches and pains resulting from exercise.
In each of these studies, the participants (34 in the first study, and 40 in the second) were randomly assigned to one of two groups.
For the 11 days of each study, the first group was given a 2-gram ginger capsule each day, while the second group was given a placebo. In the first study, the ginger capsules contained raw ginger, and, in the second study, the ginger was heat treated.
On the eighth day of the studies, the participants performed arm exercises with heavy weights (to encourage muscle inflammation and pain).
Before and for three days following the exercise, the participants' pain intensity, inflammation, and arm function were measured.
The research results showed that the participants taking the ginger supplements experienced significantly less pain following the exercise than the placebo group (25% less with the raw ginger, and 23% less with the heat-treated ginger).
Interested in reading more? You'll find the research abstract here.
A study conducted in 2006 - 2007 at the Nursing and Midwifery School at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, compared the effects of ginger, mefenamic acid (a prescription pain medication), and ibuprofen on menstrual pain.
The 150 women (all over 18 years of age) who participated in the study were alternately divided into three equal groups.
Each group took 4 capsules per day for 3 days at the start of their menstrual period. The first group's capsules were 250 mg ginger powder, the second group received 250 mg mefenamic acid, and the third group was given 400 mg ibuprofen.
The severity of period pain, pain relief, and treatment satisfaction for each participant were assessed and compared between the groups.
Study results found that all three treatments effectively reduced the severity of period pain, with no significant difference in severity, pain relief, and treatment satisfaction between the three groups.
The research abstract for this study can be found here, if you'd like to read more.
There has been much more recent research targeting ginger for health and wellness... Keep reading here.
Taking responsibility for personal health and wellness involves making informed choices. And, part of staying informed about the health benefits and potential risks associated with teas and herbal tisanes means being aware not only of what traditional herbal medicine, but also current research, is telling us about these potent, delicious beverages.
Be sure to stay educated about the teas in your tea stash, so you can feel confident that you are making the best health and wellness decisions for your household. Your herbal practitioner or healthcare provider is another excellent source of information for any questions you have about teas for health.