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Ginger and Cancer treatment

October 26, 2011

Pereira et al, in this interesting paper have written a very interesting review  on the role of ginger as adjuvant to treatments of cancer.  Emphasis is also placed on the drawbacks and on future directions for research that will have a consequential effect on cancer treatment and cure.

Cancer is the second major cause of death in the world.  The use of traditional herbal medicine in a variety of ailments is on the rise. For thousands of years ginger (family Zingiberaceae) has widely been used as a spice and condiment and has a long history of medicinal use in various cultures for treating common colds, fever  and to aid digestion amongst others.

Studies have also shown that ginger possesses chemopreventive and antineoplastic (a treatment used to inhibit the growth and spread of cancerous cells) properties.

References

Check these articles out on how ginger has been studied and suggest that it can be used as part of a therapy against cancer:

“When you were young, ginger ale may have been a popular choice for quelling your upset stomach on a day home from school. For years, ginger has been used to combat nausea — but did you know it’s now also being looked at to combat cancer?”  Sarah Siddons, Discovery Fit & Health
Check out previous articles we have written about Ginger on this blog:
Ginger, cancer and inflammation;
Observations on exercise & recovery;
Ginger and Exercise;
Ginger and sore muscles.
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