“The time, no doubt, has come for food, seeds, herbs, plants, sunlight, air, clean water, and yes, love, to assume once again their central place in medicine, which is to say, the art and science of facilitating self-healing within the human body.”
I believe we are in the beginnings of a paradigm shift. For far too long, natural healing has been looked at with suspicion. It has been perceived as lacking a scientific basis and being merely the province of hippies and witch doctors. However, there is a growing body of evidence that speaks of the remarkable healing properties of certain foods.
Ginger is nothing short of a nutritive powerhouse. And thankfully, its medicinal properties have been extensively researched. There are literally hundreds of scholarly articles that detail its usefulness in treating conditions as varied as viral respiratory infections, colon cancer, and arthritis. So, let us examine just two of its applications in more detail.
A simple cure for fibroids
Fibroids are solid growths that occur on the outside, inside, or within the wall of the womb. These growths often appear in groups and are composed of a mix of muscle and a cartilage-like substance. They are also very common. About 30 percent of all women get fibroids by age thirty-five and almost 80 percent of women will have fibroids by age fifty.
In most cases, they do not cause any problems at all. However, some fibroids, depending on size and location, can cause heavy vaginal bleeding, abdominal or back pain, urinary problems, and constipation. Also, fibroids that bulge into the womb may make it difficult to conceive or to sustain a full-term pregnancy.
The root cause of fibroids is a physiological state known as estrogen dominance. Simply put, there is too much estrogen and estrogen-like compounds circulating in the body. I must place a special emphasis on estrogen-like substances. These synthetic chemicals disrupt the fine hormonal balance in the female body. And are major drivers of fibroids, irregular menstruation, endometriosis, anovulation, breast and ovarian cancer, to name a few. Two major sources of these toxins are canned foods and commercial milk.
Ginger helps to resolve estrogen dominance through various means. One important way is that it optimizes liver function. The liver manages the levels of hormones circulating in the body and mops up any excesses. However, the liver can be overwhelmed by the high amounts of estrogen-like compounds in many processed foods. Ginger assists the liver in detoxifying this toxic barrage.
Once you address estrogen dominance, fibroids shrink and dissolve. A powerful tonic can be prepared from ginger and beetroot. You grind one tablespoon of finely chopped ginger and one tablespoon of finely chopped beetroot in a blender with a cup of water. You drink this twice a day. In a few weeks, you will begin to see dramatic results.
A diabetic’s best friend
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is expanding rapidly on a global scale. In some developed countries, one in ten people are diabetic. In the United States, it is estimated that one in three people will become diabetic by 2030. A similar, if less dramatic, trajectory is also predicted for developing countries. In short, the future is diabetic.
Type 2 diabetes proceeds from a highly processed food diet. High consumption of refined carbohydrates and trans fats cause a breakdown in insulin signaling in the body. The body progressively loses sensitivity to the effects of insulin. This physiological state is called insulin resistance.
The high blood sugar levels seen in type 2 diabetes are merely a symptom of a deeper, underlying disease process. The core problem is insulin resistance.
A recent study, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, found that 1600 mg of ginger administered for 12 weeks helps to reverse insulin resistance. Here is a brief summary of its findings:
- Reduced fasting blood sugar
- Increased insulin sensitivity
- Improved insulin production by the pancreas
- Reduced level of organ damage caused by the oxidation of sugar
These are truly exciting times in the treatment and management of type 2 diabetes. There exists a veritable library of natural substances with anti-diabetic properties, of which ginger is just one. Contrary to what mainstream medicine says, insulin resistance is a reversible condition. Or to put it another way, type 2 diabetes is considered incurable only because of our reliance on patented synthetic chemicals (i.e. pharmaceutical drugs).
Type 2 diabetes results from a lifestyle that is contrary to normal physiology (e.g. junk food, chronic stress, and sedentary lifestyle). The cure is not some super supplement. Rather, it is the adoption of a lifestyle that restores order and balance to the body. No hocus pocus or psycho-babble here, just a simple, evidence-based truth.
Regularly consuming ginger is a facet of a holistic diabetes treatment protocol. A good start would be to garnish meals with grated ginger. Or to make a tea with a few thin slices of ginger steeped in hot water.
It is high time you head over to the nearest “farm-acy.” Luckily, this wonder root is available all over Nigeria.
This is just the tip of the iceberg and we will bring you even more information on the benefits of ginger, shortly!
Arablou, Tahereh, Naheed Aryaeian, Majid Valizadeh, Faranak Sharifi, Aghafatemeh Hosseini, and Mahmoud Djalali. “The effects of ginger consumption on glycemic status, lipid profile and some inflammatory markers in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus”. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. 2014. Web
Ozercan, Ibrahim, Nurhan Sahin, Fatih Akdemir, Muhittin Onderci, Soley Seren, Kazim Sahin, and Omer Kucuk. "Chemoprevention of fibroid tumors by epigallocatechin-3-gallate in quail". Nutrition Research. 2008: 92-97. Print
Ozgoli, Giti, Marjan Goli, and Fariborz Moattar. “Comparison of Effects of Ginger, Mefenamic Acid, and Ibuprofen on Pain in Women with Primary Dysmenorrhea”. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2009: 129-132. Print
Ezenwa Onwugbenu is a nutritional healer and public speaker on natural health matters. You can find out more about him and his passion for natural health and living on Creative Juices.