Ginger Promotes Ulcer Healing



Orthodox medical system patients with peptic ulcers are often advised to avoid spices at all costs. However, recent studies reviewed by Andrew Pengaelly in the Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism indicate that Ginger, Turmeric, and even chilies have a potential for promoting the ulcer healing process.

In a study by Sertie, Basile, Oshira and Mazella, (detailed in Fitoterapia 1992; 63:55-59), extracts of Ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale) were administered to rats with stress induced gastric ulcers. Ginger extracts caused only a very slight increase in pH (1-2% diminution of HCL), significantly lower than the pH increase caused by cimetidine (36%).

The studies demonstrated that Ginger extracts can prevent acute stress-induced gastric mucosal injury in rats. While causing a significant decrease in volume of gastric secretions, there was no appreciable change in pH. Drugs such as cimetidine which increase gastric pH may inhibit protein digestion and absorption. Any substance that can prevent ulcer formation without lowering pH is of great value, especially when it is a cheap and readily obtained item.

Australian J. Med Herbalism, Vol. 5 (2), 1993.

Chiropractic Academy of Homeopathy.


By Daniel P. Towle

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