Ginger Tea for Psoriasis, Arthritis, and Other Inflammation

I don’t know if it will help, but I’m drinking ginger tea every day now. Here is the recipe:

  1. Take a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger.
  2. Scrape off the skin with a spoon.
  3. Slice the ginger thinly.
  4. Put it in a pot with about six cups of water.
  5. Bring the water to a boil, and then turn to the lowest heat, covered, for 20 minutes.
  6. Drink a cup.
  7. Let the extra tea cool, then strain it, and keep it in a jar in the refrigerator.

In the photo below, there is a small piece of fresh turmeric. I usually make pure-ginger tea, but I once added a small slice of fresh turmeric.

Fresh ginger and turmeric.

If you give it a try, let me know in the comments below!

Further Reading

Abstract

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger have been known and valued for centuries. During the past 25 years, many laboratories have provided scientific support for the long-held belief that ginger contains constituents with antiinflammatory properties. The original discovery of ginger’s inhibitory effects on prostaglandin biosynthesis in the early 1970s has been repeatedly confirmed. This discovery identified ginger as an herbal medicinal product that shares pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ginger suppresses prostaglandin synthesis through inhibition of cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2. An important extension of this early work was the observation that ginger also suppresses leukotriene biosynthesis by inhibiting 5-lipoxygenase. This pharmacological property distinguishes ginger from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This discovery preceded the observation that dual inhibitors of cyclooxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase may have a better therapeutic profile and have fewer side effects than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The characterization of the pharmacological properties of ginger entered a new phase with the discovery that a ginger extract (EV.EXT.77) derived from Zingiber officinale (family Zingiberaceae) and Alpina galanga (family Zingiberaceae) inhibits the induction of several genes involved in the inflammatory response. These include genes encoding cytokines, chemokines, and the inducible enzyme cyclooxygenase-2. This discovery provided the first evidence that ginger modulates biochemical pathways activated in chronic inflammation. Identification of the molecular targets of individual ginger constituents provides an opportunity to optimize and standardize ginger products with respect to their effects on specific biomarkers of inflammation. Such preparations will be useful for studies in experimental animals and humans.

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