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Side Effects of Ginger

Posted on September 7, 2011

Side Effects of Ginger

Ginger Artwork by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen

There are many health benefits of ginger. It has been found to help with motion sickness, morning sickness, inflammation, cancer, nausea, heartburn, migraines, and several other diseases and conditions.

Even though ginger is a natural herb that is generally safe, some people may experience some side effects of ginger when taking large amounts. These may include gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, diarrhea, upset stomach, mouth irritation, or belching. Taking ginger in capsule form may help to alleviate some of these side effects.

If you have gallstones or you are planning to go in for surgery, it is a good idea to avoid ginger supplements or talk with your doctor in order to be sure that the ginger is safe to use. As with any supplement, you should consult with your doctor before you begin using the supplements, especially if you are taking any medications.

Another side effect of ginger may be blood-thinning. Even though there haven’t been any specific scientific studies proving this side effect, it is still a good idea to avoid ginger if you are on blood-thinning medications.

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