Is ginger root useful for liver and pancreas diseases
The healing effect of ginger on the human body has been known since ancient times, therefore it is not surprising that even in the modern world the plant is often used in traditional and alternative medicine in order to improve the well-being of a person with various ailments. What you should know about the use of ginger root in violation of the pancreas and liver, what recipes can be used and what exactly to pay attention to with pancreatitis or cholecystitis - read on.
The effect of ginger on the digestive system: benefits and harms
With the dosed use of ginger root and the proper preparation of medicinal compounds, you have every chance to improve your condition and get rid of many problems of the pancreas, the stomach itself and the adjacent digestive system organs.
- Useful properties of the plant in this case are expressed in:
- antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, which is very valuable for food poisoning and other disorders of the stomach associated with intoxication of the body;
- improving metabolic processes in the body;
- stimulation of the digestive tract due to the development of enzymes necessary for the digestion of food;
- increased regenerative processes in liver cells;
- decreased appetite, which is sometimes useful for a tendency to overeat and problems with being overweight.
Regarding a possible negative effect on the digestive system, this harm is possible only if the plant is abused or if there are diseases of the stomach or organs adjacent to it, especially in the acute phase. The active ingredients of ginger will further irritate the already affected areas of the mucosa, only exacerbating soreness, and sometimes additionally causing nausea and vomiting. Similar manifestations are also characteristic of individual intolerance of individual components, and if a person is prone to allergic manifestations, a burning root can lead to skin rashes.
Methods of using ginger and recipes for inflammation of the pancreas
Ginger root can be consumed both dry and fresh, but it is the latter option that is best suited for preparing drinks, first and second courses. With inflammation of the pancreas, the actual treatment will be tea from the plant and compresses based on a decoction of it; True, in this case, it is worth considering the stage of development of the disease and their own well-being.
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Ginger tea for pancreatitis is the most sparing option for using the plantHowever, in the acute period, even it can cause a complication of the condition. With persistent remission of the disease, the drink helps to reduce inflammation, relieve swelling from soft tissues and improve metabolic processes, and to increase the palatability of the composition, you can add a few drops of lemon juice and a little honey to it.
You can prepare ginger tea during the period of remission of pancreatitis (characterized by the absence of pain) using the following recipe:
- Pour 1 tsp. fresh (grated) or dried root of the plant with a glass of boiling water, place the mixture on fire and, tightly closing the container with a lid, boil over low heat for 10 minutes.
- At the end of the process, remove the saucepan from the heat and leave it at room temperature for another 25 minutes, until the tea has cooled completely.
Important! Ready to drink should only be taken in a warm form, since any hot drinks with pancreatitis are prohibited (they all increase the secretion of digestive juices, which in this case is unacceptable).
It is better to drink ginger tea in small portions, 50-100 ml at a time about 2-3 times a day, but if this use also causes nausea, pain or any other disturbances in the usual state of health, it is better to cancel the use of the drink.
Ginger decoction compress
This treatment option for pancreatitis is more gentle compared to the previous one, so it can be used in cases where the internal use of ginger is accompanied by undesirable side effects.
Prepare a compress according to the following action plan:
- Pour into a pan and boil over low heat two liters of water.
- Peel 200 g of ginger root and peel the pulp on a fine grater.
- Move the resulting slurry into a gauze bag and, dropping into boiling water, leave to cook for half an hour.
- After the specified time, you can get the ginger, and use the remaining broth to soak the towels, which are applied to the sore spot (above the pancreas) in the form of compresses.
A wet dressing is kept on the skin for 10 minutes, then take a short break for the same time and repeat the procedure again.
Ginger and pepper compress
Compress with pepper is a good alternative to the previous one, but it is better to do it at night. The method of preparation is somewhat more complicated and requires the presence of more ingredients.
Important! Do not apply a ginger-pepper compress directly to bare skin. Red pepper is very burning and with prolonged contact can cause not only redness of the skin, but also a real burn.
The sequence of all actions in this case will be as follows:
- Take a small clay pot (or a mortar from another material) and mix in it 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger, 0.5 teaspoons of hot red pepper and 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
- Crush all the ingredients with a pestle, trying to get the maximum amount of essential oils present inside.
- Dilute the resulting mixture with mustard or sesame oil to a thick sour cream, and then apply the composition to a dense cotton cloth and apply to a sore spot, placing a thin cloth on it in advance.
- It is advisable to additionally fix the entire compress with bandages so that it does not move out or fall off. After a few hours, the bandage along with the ointment can be removed.
Contraindications for use in diseases of the pancreas
Any abnormalities in the activity of the pancreas deserve increased attention, with timely and adequate treatment. Of course, in this case self-medication is out of the question, therefore, in the presence of some diseases, it is worthwhile to wait a bit using the ginger root.
- First of all, we are talking about such disorders:
- inflammation of the walls of the organ at the stage of exacerbation (acute pancreatitis);
- the appearance of severe pain in the pancreas and gall bladder;
- the appearance of any discomfort in the stomach;
- peptic ulcer of any kind;
- internal bleeding in the specified organ.
In addition, the negative effect of the ginger root on the stomach is not excluded - with gastritis (with high acidity), diverticulitis, colitis, acute cholecystitis.
Can ginger root be used for cholecystitis
As in many other cases, the possibility of using ginger root for cholecystitis depends on the stage of the disease: chronic or acute. Of course, in the latter case, a burning plant will adversely affect the inflamed organ, because of which it can hurt more.
The chronic form is often characterized by a long period of remission, in which no negative manifestations in the work of the gallbladder are observed, which means that moderate use of tea from ginger root will not cause any negative consequences.
Terms, conditions and norms of use
When even a minimal amount of ginger is consumed, it will activate secretory processes in the stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, that in the presence of any disease (in particular, cholecystitis) contributes to the appearance of very unpleasant pain or heartburn. At the stage of remission, it is possible to use the plant, but only in extremely small doses and after appropriate heat treatment.
Did you know? Ginger root perfectly eliminates bad breath, and to freshen your breath for the whole day, just chew a small piece of this product immediately after eating.
Popular recipes for the preparation of medicinal drinks can be considered the following:
- Option 1. Make a collection of lemon balm, centaury, wormwood, barberry bark and walnut leaves (10 g of each spice), and then pour the mixed ingredients in a glass of boiling ginger water. The finished infusion is drunk 3 glasses a day, between main meals.
- Option 2 Mix in equal proportions (20 g each) dried celandine, Greek walnut leaves and chicory root, then pour 1 full tablespoon of the collection with a glass of boiled ginger water. Having insisted the mixture for half an hour, it remains only to strain it and consume 1 glass twice a day: morning and evening.
The use of pickled ginger root for the treatment of cholecystitis is one of the most unsuccessful decisions, however, like any other method of using the plant in its pure form.
Contraindications for use in liver diseases
Useful in most cases ginger can be very harmful in liver disease, especially when it comes to chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. Since any of these ailments is characterized by increased irritability of the cells of the organ, an increase in secretory activity can aggravate their condition, complicating the general situation.This result is also possible in the presence of stones in the biliary tract, which, when shifted from place, can block the excretory ducts and cause intoxication of the body, not to mention the increased likelihood of surgical extraction of stones.
Simply put, the benefits of the ginger root can only be revealed if it is properly used and there are no direct contraindications, in other situations, you should not risk your health. At a minimum, you should consult your doctor about the appropriateness of its use for problems with the liver or pancreas.