Fact Check: Will eating ginger cure your muscle and joint pain?

Published on:

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Quick Take

A social media post claims that ginger can cure muscle and joint pain. We fact-checked and found the claim to be Mostly False. Even though research papers suggests that ginger can reduce muscle and joint pain, no evidence talks about efficacy and optimum dosage of ginger that is safe for consumption.

Rating

The Claim

A Pinterest post claims that ginger is a natural painkiller that is available in the kitchen. Eating ginger can cure muscle and joint pain. 

joint pain

Fact Check

Can adding ginger to your diet prevent joint pain?

In certain scenarios. The consumption of ginger may reduce muscle and joint pain in some people. However, no scientific evidence informs whether eating ginger can cure muscle and joint pain due to all health conditions. It is often believed that diet can reduce muscle and joint pain. THIP MEDIA has previously fact-checked pineapple treat joint pain to show that relying solely on diet and not seeking medical attention can be dangerous for health.

Coming back to ginger, available research papers show that ginger may prevent joint pain. But no scientific evidence informs whether eating ginger can cure joint pain due to all health conditions. 

A research paper published in 2000 found that ginger extract was as effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain among the selected sample size. Another research published in 2016 found that ginger supplements can reduce inflammation and pain after knee surgery.

Research published in 2001 found that high doses of ginger extract soothe the selected participants with osteoarthritis of the knee. An animal study on rats published in 2002 found that ginger can relieve joint pain from rheumatoid arthritis

One more research published in 2010 found that ginger can relieve muscle pain resulting from an exercise-induced injury. Even research published in 2015 found that topical application of ginger extract can improve osteoarthritis in the knees.

Dietitian

Our Nutritional expert Kamna Chauhan informs, “Yes, Adding ginger in your diet can help to prevent joint. Ginger is one of the healthiest spices on planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful health benefits. Ginger contain nutrients like manganese, copper, magnesium and vitamin B6 which is essential for healthy joint function. Ginger may also reduce joint pain. Gingerol, Shagaol and Zingerone which are present in ginger help in reducing swelling and inflammation, even ginger contain powerful antioxidants which help in protecting against free radical damage and reduce joint inflammation.

But no evidence shows ginger can cure pain due to Adult Still’s disease, Ankylosing spondylitis, Avascular necrosis, Bone cancer, Broken bone, Bursitis, Complex regional pain syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Gonococcal arthritis, Gout, Hypothyroidism, Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Leukemia, Lupus, Lyme disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteomyelitis, Paget’s disease of bone, Polymyalgia rheumatica, Pseudogout, Psoriatic arthritis, Reactive arthritis, Rheumatic fever, Rheumatoid arthritis, Rickets, Sarcoidosis, Septic arthritis, Sprains, Tendinitis, etc.

For many people, ginger can be a good addition to arthritis treatment. Eating ginger may reduce symptoms and improve overall immunity. It is always better to consult with the doctor before adding ginger to your regimen. The doctor will guide you on whether eating ginger along with ongoing medicines is safe for you. 

However, the available scientific evidence at this moment indicates the need for more human trials to understand exact chemicals that targets the pain. We also do not know the efficacy and optimum dosage of ginger that is safe for consumption. Besides this, human trials are needed for adverse event monitoring in chronic bone diseases. Moreover, we could not find any evidence on the dosage of ginger useful for long-term therapy.

Nutritionist

Nutritionist Priyanka says, “Yes, ginger has lot of active constituent like gingerols which posses anti-inflammatory property. So, ginger can reduce muscle and joint pain. But relying solely on ginger to cure muscle and joint pain is not recommended. You need to find out the cause of pain like low muscle mass or Vitamin D etc.”

What can be the dangers of trying to cure muscle and joint pain through home remedies and not seeking medical advice?

Muscle and joint pain can be quite painful to live with and cause many problems for most people. Evidence suggests that eating an excess of ginger can cause gastritis, stomach upset, diarrhea, mouth irritation, and heartburn. These medical conditions can be difficult to manage and live with if remain undiagnosed. It can be dangerous to not seek medical attention and keep trying out home remedies.

Furthermore, depending exclusively on home remedies may exacerbate conditions like arthritis. When it comes to dietary choices besides ginger, we often hear that moringa can potentially alleviate arthritis pain. Moringa is praised for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a valuable component in arthritis management. While it may also help alleviate other arthritis symptoms, it should be noted that it cannot cure or reverse the condition. Similarly, pomegranate can reduce arthritis pain relief. Pomegranate, scientifically known as Punica granatum L., possesses antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and anticarcinogenic effects that may provide relief for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Hence, certain foods may play a role in arthritis prevention.

Can diet maintain overall bone health? 

To a certain extent. Eating a well-balanced diet should get you enough nutrients required to meet your daily body’s nutritional needs. However, if you have a certain medical condition, it is better to consult a doctor before relying only on diet as the sole treatment. The reason is, diet might not support your bone mass the way medicine does.

Saransh

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Sararansh Gupta, informs, “We achieve peak bone mass as we reach 30 years of age. A poor peak bone mass makes people prone to develop weak bones later in life. Weak bones can cause osteoporosis. Fortunately, nutritional and lifestyle habits build strong bones and maintain them as you age. Eating a good diet and living a healthy lifestyle is important to maintain healthy bone mass. Avoiding alcohol or carbonated soft drinks and eating a high salt diet can help.”

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Disclaimer
Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Aditi Gangal
Aditi Gangal
A science graduate by education and a content writer by profession, Aditi is responsible for research and analysis of medical content.

More in

Questions
Fact Check
Interviews
Stories
Videos

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

More in

Questions
Fact Check
Interviews
Stories
Videos

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

150,211FansLike
1,187FollowersFollow
250SubscribersSubscribe
READ MORE

Subscribe to our newsletter

Stay updated about fake news trending on social media, health tips, diet tips, Q&A and videos - all about health