Superfoods Turmeric and Ginger for Whole-Body Healing

Healers across the world have been using ginger and turmeric for centuries to alleviate symptoms and promote vitality. Both are part of the Chinese herbal pharmacopeia and used in a variety of formulas that treat a wide array of ailments including common cold, arthritic pain, and digestive complaints.

In addition to their roles in ancient Chinese herbal medicine, both ginger and turmeric have become increasingly popular among health-conscious people because of their cancer-fighting and immune-boosting properties. Below see the ancient uses and modern applications of these powerful roots.

Ginger:

Chinese Medicine Modern Uses

·         Chinese name Sheng Jiang

·         Warms the stomach to alleviate nausea or abdominal pain

·         Warms the lungs to stop cough and expel phlegm

·         Regulate protective qi to prevent illness from pathogens

·         Reduces the toxicity of other herbs or foods (good for food poisoning)

·         Nausea (especially morning sickness)

·         Increase GI motility (treats constipation)

·         Cold and flu relief

·         Osteoarthritis

·         Reduce blood sugar

·         Lower cholesterol

 

 

Turmeric:

Chinese Medicine Modern Uses

·         Chinese name Jiang Huang

·         Invigorates the blood (unblocks blood stasis) to improve blood circulation

·         Alleviates menstrual cramps

·         Treats irregular bleeding

·         Unblocks the channels

·         Relieves joint pain, especially in the shoulders

 

·         Anti-inflammatory, treat arthritis

·         Heartburn and digestive issues

·         Fibromyalgia, fatigue

·         Back pain

·         Menstrual pain

·         Acne, Inflammation of the skin

·         Headache

·         Seasonal allergies

·         Muscle and joint swelling

 

 

If you are a patient here, you have likely heard your acupuncturist recommend adding turmeric to your wellness routine. We find it to be extremely helpful for arthritic joint pains anywhere in the body, but particularly the shoulders, elbows, and hands. We carry a high-quality encapsulated form of turmeric that is easy to take. People typically start to see results within a week or so of regular use, and they definitely notice a difference when they forget to take it and their forgotten joint pain starts to return. We love adding herbal medicine as a tool in our extensive “toolbox” which includes acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and bodywork. We are passionate about finding the perfect combination of modalities to help you feel your best. 

 

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