What are the side effects of ginger?
Ginger is known as a universal medicine. Even in traditional Chinese medicine ginger is not only known for its ability to remove toxins, but it is also used as a food, drug, and herbal antidote. Can such a strong plant have side effects? The answer is – yes. In fact, herbalists advise not to take more than 4 grams of ginger per day. Too much ginger can cause heartburn, gas, bloating, nausea and problems with stomach.
Who are not recommended to use ginger?
- People who have ulcers or any kinds of inflammation. Fresh ginger can cause intestinal obstruction.
- People with gallstones. These people cannot use ginger, because it stimulates production of bile.
- People who have problems with blood clotting. Ginger stimulates blood circulation and increases blood flow, and prevent blood clotting. This can increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you have bleeding disorders or are take any medication that slows blood clotting.
- Pregnant women. Pregnant women should also be cautious with ginger because it can cause uterine contractions. Due to the increased risk of bleeding, drinking ginger tea is not recommended especially at the last weeks of pregnancy.
- People who will have any kind of surgery soon. They should not use ginger due to increased risk of bleeding.
- People with allergies to certain medicines. Talk to your doctor if you are taking any medications that can interact with ginger. Do not use ginger is you are taking insulin or antacids.
- People with diabetes / high blood pressure. Ginger can reduce blood sugar levels and blood pressure, so talk to your doctor if you are taking medications for diabetes or high blood pressure.