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Ask Tufts Experts March 2008 Issue

Q: I’ve heard a lot about arthritis sufferers consuming ginger to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. What are the latest research findings about ginger?

Answer :  Although ginger seems to be effective against nausea and vomiting, especially that related to pregnancy, the jury is still out on the medicinal use of this popular cooking ingredient against arthritis symptoms. One 2005 study did show anti-inflammatory effects for ginger. But a 2007 review of the medical literature concluded that the results on ginger for the treatment of arthritis are “mixed.” The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is currently…

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