Ginger Compress for Inflammation & Pain Relief
Ginger root has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat a variety of conditions ranging from nausea to digestive issues. In recent years, it has been growing in popularity due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
How Does Ginger Work in Medicine?
Inflammation is a self-protective process that the body undergoes to fight off infection and harmful bacteria. Although necessary, inflammation can cause discomfort and pain. Anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger work in the same way as COX-2 inhibitors — drugs used to treat inflammation and pain.
A study conducted in 2017 compared ginger’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects to those of ibuprofen for patients with at least one impacted molar. The study found that ginger powder is equally effective as ibuprofen for the management of post-surgical sequelae. 
Another study tested the efficacy and safety of oral ginger for patients suffering from osteoarthritis — the most common form of arthritis that causes pain and swelling. The outcomes were reduced pain and inflammation, ultimately improving the patients’ range of motion. Ginger has also been found to relieve muscular pain following an injury.
Using a Ginger Compress
Ginger root is not only effective when taken internally, but external use can also provide pain relief and detoxification. Hot ginger compress is used as a macrobiotic remedy. When placed on the skin, it stimulates blood flow relieving tension and pain and breaking up mucus and internal blockages.
The Benefits of Ginger Compress
Ginger compress can be used for swelling and inflammatory conditions such as intestinal inflammation, bronchitis, and bladder inflammation. It effectively reduces both chronic and acute pain, including arthritis, back pains, stiff neck, kidney stone attacks, and toothaches. Ginger compress can also provide relief for minor or general muscle pains and aid with soft tissue damage by speeding up regeneration.
How to Make a Hot Ginger Compress
- Grate one ounce of ginger root, wrap it in a thin cotton cloth and tie it closed.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and then reduce the heat.
- Add the ginger into the water and allow it to soak for at least five minutes.
- Place a small towel into the ginger water and carefully wring out the excess.
- Apply the towel directly to the affected area and cover with another dry towel to hold in the heat.
- Re-soak the towel as needed and repeat the process for about 15-20 minutes.
It’s important to note that hot ginger compress should not be used more than once a week and should be avoided when a high fever is present.
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 Rayati, Farshid et al. “Comparison of anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of
Ginger powder and Ibuprofen in postsurgical pain model: A randomized, double-blind,
case-control clinical trial.” Dental research journal vol. 14,1 (2017): 1-7.