Ginger and Pregnancy
Is there any benefit from ginger to pregnancy?
Yes, there is..
It is widely known that ginger is one of the relievers of nausea in pregnant women.
There are plenty of resources that support this knowledge.
But did you know that there is one thing beneficial about ginger?
Evidently, ginger is drink that is mentioned in the Qur’an as a drink of Jannah.
" And they will be given to drink a cup [of wine] whose mixture is of ginger." - (QS. 76:17)
What can be concluded from this verse?
If we believe in the word of Allah, then we will be certain that ginger is very healthy, beneficial and not at risk, including for pregnant women. How could it be a risk if the drink is originated from Jannah?
Ginger root can be used to treat indigestion, nausea, flu, swallowing pain to liver health. Plus it can treat intestinal worms. And it turns out to reduce menstrual pain too.
Even ginger is found to be a treatment that should be given to the post surgery patient. In the Chinese culture, woman who had given birth is suggested to consume foods that contain ginger spices.
The ingredients of ginger that works as an antiemetic (anti-vomiting / overcomes nausea and vomiting) is a compound of gingerol and shogaol. This compound is mostly found in the type of red ginger. Gingerol and shogaol compounds work through serotonin antagonists in the intestine.
Research for pregnant women emesis, at least 400 mg should be given in order to reduce it.
To prevent CINV (chemo induce nausea and vomiting), one should takes 1 to 2 grams. Approximately about the size of the largest capsules.
The ability is higher than the primperan, but less than ondansetron. Research on gingerol and shogaol in combination with Vitamin B6, obtained better anti-emetic results in pregnant women. The best extraction process is with ethanol. When extracted with sugar, the anti-vomiting effectiveness of gingerol and shogaol actually decreases.
If you want to use fresh ginger, it is recommended that:
1. Choose red ginger (the spicier, the higher the gingerol shogaol).
2. It is not recommended to mix with sugar, because it reduces its efficacy.
3. Fresh dry ginger, just peel the skin, it can be chewed like candy. The taste, spicy.
Ginger root can be made into herbal tea, known in the Philippines as salabat. It's used as a home remedy for indigestion,nausea, and to ward off colds, flu, and sore throats. Drink this tea to ease gut inflammation and boost your liver health.
Ginger -- the "root" or the rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale -- has been a popular spice and herbal medicine for thousands of years. It has a long history of being used as medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions. In China, for example, ginger has been used to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea for more than 2,000 years. Ginger has also been used to help treat arthritis, colic, diarrhea, and heart conditions. It has been used to help treat the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and painful menstrual periods.
Ginger is native to Asia where it has been used as a cooking spice for at least 4,400 years.
Ginger, like cinnamon, is thought to be native to southern India. It was no doubt brought to the Middle East by traders. Cinnamon is mentioned in the Bible in several places and it is remarkable that ginger is omitted. In the Qu'ran ginger is used in the same way it is today-to flavor drinks. Large quantities of ginger are grown for the modern soft drink industry.
Holy Botany, Some Plants of the Qu'ran and the Bible
Overview and Recent Research American Center
Damascus, Syria 31 January 2000
Lytton John Musselman Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany Old Dominion University
dr. Suryo Bawono, SpOG.