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Knight
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   Posted 11/13/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read that ginger is a good anti-inflamatory, but wondered how to take it and how much to take.  Does anyone have a good idea how to take enough ginger to make a difference.  I have a large bottle of it, but aside from adding a few shakes here and there, I am not having very much of it.  Your thoughts?
Knight
 
Mild to Moderate Left Side UC since 10/2002, Joint Pain since 10/2004
 
Strict SCD 7/2004-12/2005
Prednisone 8/2004-10/2004
Remission since 9/2004
Daily Meds:
 1500 mg Pentasa, 150 mg Zoloft, 30 mg Baclofen, 10 mg Ambien


pb4
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   Posted 11/13/2008 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Try fresh ginger, nothing beats the real thing and the amount probably varies from person to person, try a tsp a few times a day and see how that goes, increase it if you don't notice much and give it a good chance to see what, if any, affect it has...ginger is excellent for a sore belly (tummy aches) and I believe it has anti-inflammatory properties, it likely won't hurt to try it...be sure to share your experiance with it.

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Nor_TX
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   Posted 11/14/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I buy crystallized ginger and break up a few pieces and put it into my peppermint tea or make a tea out of the giner and some fresh lemon. It is very settling and soothing.

Peety
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   Posted 11/14/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Yummy, sounds good!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


TraciZ
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   Posted 11/14/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Great ideas, Nor_TX! Thank you!
Tressa 35 (F) in WNY
UC w/skip lesions & stomach ulcers
Asacol 12/day, prilosec twice/day, Canasa as needed


princesa
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   Posted 11/14/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't know about anti-inflammatory properties, but it's excellent to combat nausea.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 11/14/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Read this link about ginger and it's anti-inflammatory effects and more...

 

 http://autoimmunedisease.suite101.com/article.cfm/ginger_in_autoimmune_disease

 

If the link doesn't work, just copy and paste it into your search engine  :)



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quincy
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   Posted 11/14/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I always add...don't use ginger if you are pregnant!

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3  +   1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


pb4
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   Posted 11/14/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting have also traditionally responded well to ginger. Excessive ginger can have negative results so pregnant women should consult with a health care professional prior to using. It's only excessive amounts of ginger that can be an issue with pregnancy.

Ginger may assist in other areas of health as well. Some cholesterol lowering benefit may be gained as ginger impairs the absorption of cholesterol, instead helping convert it to bile acids and eliminating it from the body. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties.


In some osteoarthritis patients ginger helped reduce knee and hip pain. Ginger also appears to thin the blood and improve circulation.

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My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


quincy
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   Posted 11/14/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd still caution the use....for some who never take ginger might not know the limits.

The same goes for chamomile tea and peppermint tea.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3  +   1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/15/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Just curious - what negative side effects can excessive ginger have w/ pregnancy?
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


quincy
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   Posted 11/15/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
uterine contractions.....as well as chamomile tea ...but I don't know about peppermint for sure.
 
Herbal teas, etc should be used with caution when pregnant...
 
black tea, decaf is probably safer...
 
q


*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3  +   1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Reelin Gator
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   Posted 11/15/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I use to give it to people on when I took them fishing for sea sickness, it seems to work for that. I do not know about anti-inflammatory properties, but from what I have seen in some of my Biochem/pharm classes if it does not block leukotrienes it probably will not bring much aid(being that a lot of the inflammation caused by UC is from this). Although, I am a believer in trying all supplements and it certainly would not hurt! Let us all know

pb4
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   Posted 11/15/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well research says that ginger as well as other herbs/spices like tumeric do aid with inflammation, it's likely just a matter of figuring out how much is needed, but it's likely needed everyday to show major results and like most everything eles, some may respond better than others.

:)
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Knight
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   Posted 11/16/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Pb4,
Thanks for the link. It has interesting info. That's what I was looking for.
On a side note, added ginger and a touch of tumeric to my oatmeal today. Gave it an Indian flavor.
Peace.
Knight
 
Mild to Moderate Left Side UC since 10/2002, Joint Pain since 10/2004
 
Strict SCD 7/2004-12/2005
Prednisone 8/2004-10/2004
Remission since 9/2004
Daily Meds:
 1500 mg Pentasa, 150 mg Zoloft, 30 mg Baclofen, 10 mg Ambien


pb4
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   Posted 11/17/2008 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Knight, that must have been intersting to eat, glad you found the link helpful, cinnamon and extra virgine olive oil (a great natural anti-inflammatorie), although I don't think the EVOO would be very appealing on oatmeal LOL!
 
But traditionally cinnamon, due to its medicinal properties, has been used in many cultures for treating a variety of health disorders including diarrhea, arthritis, menstrual cramps, heavy menstruation, yeast infections, colds, flu, and digestive problems.

Now it is being used all over the world for treating a variety of health disorders including respiratory problems, skin infections, blood impurity, menstruation problems, heart disorders, etc. The most widely used part of cinnamon is its bark.

The health benefits of cinnamon can be attributed to its antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, astringent and anti clotting properties. Cinnamon is rich in essential minerals such as manganese, iron and calcium. It is also rich in fiber.



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Post Edited (pb4) : 11/16/2008 11:53:12 PM (GMT-7)


Sara14
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   Posted 11/17/2008 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been drinking ginger tea almost every day for the past month. I love it, but I don't think it's had any effect on my UC. I like the taste (and philosophy) of this brand a lot, but it is kind of pricey: http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/?id=31&pid=77
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


Knight
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sara,
I tried mixing a cup of boiling water with 1/2 teaspoon of ginger yesterday. Dunked a plain teabag in for 15 seconds for a little extra flavor. The drink was a little spicy but not too bad. Am going to make another one tonight before bed. Thanks again for the info. If anyone has any other ginger suggestions, I'm all ears. :=)
Knight
 
Mild to Moderate Left Side UC since 10/2002, Joint Pain since 10/2004
 
Strict SCD 7/2004-12/2005
Prednisone 8/2004-10/2004
Remission since 9/2004
Daily Meds:
 1500 mg Pentasa, 150 mg Zoloft, 30 mg Baclofen, 10 mg Ambien


pb4
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Try it with chamomile tea, chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory, I drink a few cups of it first thing everyday, the tea-shop kind, not the processed (in a bag) kind, but rather loose leaves/buds right from the tea store.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Sara14
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   Posted 11/18/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
You're welcome, Knight. Yogi Tea's Lemon Ginger is also pretty tasty, but not quite as good as the other one I mentioned above.

So, when you made your ginger tea, did you use 1/2 tsp of freshly grated ginger or do you buy it in a powder form? I've been wondering how to make my own ginger tea using fresh ginger, but I wasn't quite sure how to do it.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


Knight
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara,
I have a lot of ground ginger.  Just took a measuring spoon and put the ground ginger in a cup with hot water.  Stirred, then steeped the tea bag quickly.  It does not dissolve totally so it needs another stirring before too long.  It's not the coolest way to go, but that's my recipe so far.  In the past I have tried ginger (candied?) from TradrJoes and it was way too spicy for me.
Peace
Knight
 
Mild to Moderate Left Side UC since 10/2002, Joint Pain since 10/2004
 
Strict SCD 7/2004-12/2005
Prednisone 8/2004-10/2004
Remission since 9/2004
Daily Meds:
 1500 mg Pentasa, 150 mg Zoloft, 30 mg Baclofen, 10 mg Ambien

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