Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Ginger
Part of A Practical Guide to Herbal Therapies for People Living With HIV
Ginger is a strong antioxidant (as are vitamins C and E), meaning it helps neutralize free radicals, which are highly active molecules that can cause damage to the body. Fresh ginger may be preferable, but a dried form can be used. Dried ginger is available in capsules, and both forms can be brewed to make a tea.
Ginger may help reduce the formation of blood clots by preventing platelet clumping, which may make it useful against certain forms of heart disease. For people with low platelet levels, however, ginger may pose a risk. It may be problematic as well for those who experience nose bleeds or heavy menstrual bleeding. Dried ginger, specifically, can elevate blood pressure in those who are prone to high blood pressure. In theory, ginger may also increase the effects of barbiturates.
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