Ginger Helps to Improve Circulation

Most people know of ginger as being a very important ingredient in our kitchens, however many people don’t know that ginger also is very helpful in our general health and in balancing our bodies yin and yang.
1) Ginger helps the body in dispelling the cold. Chinese medicine considers ginger as being a mild sweet spice, and having warm characteristics. Due to this it’s function is to help warm the bodies circulation and remove the cold from the body. Ginger is suitable for people who suffer from cold hands and feet, loose stool, and those who have stomach pain after eating cold things. Especially in the winter, eating a little amount of ginger with your food is good for raising your qi and yang energy.
2) Ginger has the function in improving the intestine contraction. One ancient books called <‘Be Cao Jin Ji Zhu’> records ginger as ‘helping digestions, to strengthen the spleen and stop vomiting and nausea, also warm the stomach and to stop the stomach spasming from the coldness.’
Thus chinese medicine considers that people who overeat cold foods or raw foods, it is best to have ginger and the same time, as it will help your digestion and to avoid stomach pain and bloating from the coldness.
3) Ginger also one of the Chinese herbs which can calm down and relax the stomach which will stop nausea. Such as using ginger tablets for sea sickness.
4) Ginger is also beneficial in helping the lower abdomen and is suitable for women who have period pain, those who have symptoms of dark bleeding, blot clots, stomach pain, and cold sensation.
How to eat ginger:
Chop ginger and add to your soup or stir fry, and even into your porridge to balance your food and balance your body.
A cup of ginger tea.
Also you can use ginger drinks, half a teaspoon of ginger chopped finely, and placed it a cup of boiling water. It is a great drink, to drink when you are cold. If you like, add a teaspoon of brown sugar will be better for taste and circulation. ( If you have diabetes, it is best to avoid the added sugar.)
Precautions:
Because ginger has warm characteristics, if your body constitution is hot or yin deficient, with symptoms of constipation, dry skin,very thirsty, red face and eyes, and lots of perspiration it is best to avoid or reduce the amounts of ginger you eat.
People who have high blood pressure, or hyperactivity of the thyroid, or menopause it is also best to avoid or reduce the amounts of ginger you eat.
Ginger is very good for certain type of people, if you are unsure if it is suitable for you please visit an experienced practitioner to find out.Most people know of ginger as being a very important ingredient in our kitchen, however many people do not know that ginger is very helpful for our general health, circulation and in balancing our body’s yin and yang.

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Most people know of ginger as being a very important ingredient in our kitchen, however many people do not know that ginger is very helpful for our general health, circulation and in balancing our body’s yin and yang.

1. Cause of Cold Hands & Feet

There are many causes that result in cold hands and feet. Anxiety, stress and perspiration can lead to acute cold extremities. In my clinic the most common case of cold hands and feet is due to spleen yang deficiency. Chinese medicine considers spleen yang to spread warmth and energy (Qi) to the limbs and to warm this area, hence those with spleen Qi and blood deficiency will have decreased circulation to these areas and possibly have cold hands and feet or even pain.

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2. Symptoms of Cold Limbs

Most cold hands and feet are due to spleen yang deficiency as we mentioned above and may have the following symptoms: Lack of energy, puffy and heavy legs and arms, puffy eyes and face, bloating after eating, sluggish bowel movement or loose stool, sensitivity to cold environments or foods and some may experience under reactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), overweight or hard to loose weight.

3. Health Effects of Ginger

1) Ginger can improve circulation

Ginger helps the body to dispel cold. Chinese medicine considers ginger as being a mild sweet spice, and having warm characteristics which help to improve the spleen and digestive systems to rise spleen Qi and yang. This can therefore warm the limbs. Ginger is suitable for people who suffer from the symptoms above. Especially in the winter, eating a little amount of ginger with your food is good for raising your Qi and yang energy.

I suggest that you drink ginger tea or ginger porridge or spring onion ginger porridge, especially in the winter.Please see the recipe below.

2) Ginger can regulate digestion and reduce nausea

A traditional chinese medicine text Be Cao Jin Ji Zhu states ginger as ‘helping digestion, to strengthen the spleen and stop vomiting and nausea, also warm the stomach and to stop the stomach spasming from the coldness.’ Many pregnant women suffer from nausea in the early stage of pregnancy, drinking ginger tea will help to calm down your stomach.

Many suffer from motion sickness, ranging from airplane, cars and boats. I remember a few years ago I went to Cairns and spent a day on the boat and suffered from sea sickness. After a few minutes after taking ginger tablets the symptoms subsided. It is suggested by many people to take ginger to overcome this feeling. Ginger also is also known to calm down and relax the stomach which will stop nausea. Such as using ginger tablets for sea sickness.

3) Ginger and Period Pain

Ginger is also beneficial in helping the lower abdomen circulation and is suitable for women who have period pain, dark bleeding, blot clots, stomach pain, and aversion to cold. I suggest you drink ginger and brown sugar tea. This tea is very popular in cold areas in China for period pain.

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4. Recipe

1) Ginger and spring onion porridge

This is a very traditional porridge, cooked at home and also available for dim sum or yum cha.

Small handful of rice (if you like oats, you may use these instead)
2 cups of water
2cm Piece of ginger chopped very fine
2tblsp Spring onion

Boil the rice and water until the rice is soft. Add the ginger and spring onion and cook for another minute. You can add soya sauce to taste.

Effects: Tonifying digestion and warms the circulation

2) Ginger and Brown Sugar Tea
Chop two teaspoons of ginger into small pieces
Add one tablespoon of brown sugar
Add boiling water

Slowly drink the tea while it is warm.

Effects:The tea will result in a warm abdomen area to improve circulation, clears blood clots and reduces period pain.

3) Ginger and lemon tea
Chop two teaspoons of ginger into small pieces
1 slice of lemon
1 cup of boiling water

Add the ginger and lemon to a cup and add boiled water. Wait for 2 or 3 minutes and you can drink the tea.

Effects: Helps to reduce nausea and regulate the stomach

5. Precaution

1) Because ginger has warm characteristics, if your body constitution is hot or yin deficient, with symptoms of constipation, dry skin,very thirsty, red face and eyes, and lots of perspiration it is best to avoid or reduce the amounts of ginger you eat.

2)People who have high blood pressure, or hyperactivity of the thyroid (hyperthyroidism), elevated pulse, or suffer from menopause,  it is also best to avoid or reduce the amounts of ginger you eat.

3) Ginger is very good for certain type of people, if you are unsure if it is suitable for you please visit an experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner to find out.

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One Response to Ginger Helps to Improve Circulation

  1. jodi 19 April, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Hello, i had cold hands and feet. Since taking up ginger tea drinking some time back, my hands and feet got warmer. Your recipes look good.

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