Ingredient Highlight: Ginger and Its Benefits for Arthritis
When you think of ginger, you may think of the culinary root and spice that brings a kick into any dish. However, this root has many more functions and benefits than just flavoring a meal! Originating from Southern Asia, the ginger root has been valued for its medical merits since ancient times. It is used to treat countless illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Mountain Rose Herbs, the wonderful company where we source our herbs from, describes ginger root as a “tropical, aromatic, and perennial” plant that has numerous functions.
Scientific studies have reported that ginger can actually help reduce pain and inflammation. According to the Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Journal, the ginger root contains oils that consist of an active component called Gingerol. This compound can help greatly reduce the pain for those with various types of arthritis. In fact, ginger extract can be comparable to Ibuprofen when treating painful conditions. Ginger can also reduce swelling and muscle injury caused by intense exercise. When applied topically over the injured area, it can stimulate blood circulation, improving mobility and overall stiffness. Ginger can even soothe burns and rashes!
Overall, ginger is one of the most beneficial herbs for reducing pain and inflammation. Without it in our formula, our products would not be the healing treatments that they are today. It is healing and beneficial for our body in many ways, and we are so glad and proud we are able to include it in our products for our clientele to feel relief from.
By Gloria Huang
Gloria Huang is a Vital Body Therapeutic intern, who is currently a fourth year student of Theater and Communication at UCSB. When she isn't writing for Vital Body or studying for her college classes, she is acting in theater productions and films.