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Ginger Is Strong Medicine


Ezekiel 47:12b

“. . . They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”


Often naturally occurring medicines work better and more gently than man-made concoctions. Ginger has long been accepted as a natural treatment for nausea. Several modern studies have confirmed that ginger can even work better than modern nausea medicines such as Dramamine®.


The ginger we're talking about comes from the roots of tropical plants that grow two to four feet high. It was once used to calm bees so that honey could be harvested without incident. A 1988 study gave either ginger capsules or placebos to Dutch naval cadets. The study concluded that ginger proved to be "significantly beneficial" in reducing the incidence of seasickness. Two studies in the 1990's showed that ginger reduced nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and some types of surgery. A Utah study compared the effectiveness of ginger versus Dramamine®. Students were rotated on a tilted chair for six minutes. None of those who had taken the Dramamine® made it through the six minutes. Half of the students who had taken ginger lasted the full six minutes. Researchers warn that you should check with your doctor before trying ginger since it does interact with some medications.


When God placed helpful natural medicines into His perfect creation, He was providing healing for us before we even needed it. This care shows that we have a loving Creator. His greatest gift to us is the spiritual healing of the forgiveness of sins that comes through His Son, Jesus Christ.


Prayer: Lord, I thank You for all Your goodness to me both now and forever. Amen.


Notes: Rx Remedy, 1999 (on-line), "Avoiding Nausea - Gingerly."



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