Ginger Root Tea for Diarrhea

Ginger root contains the active ingredients gingerol and shogaol, which give ginger its medicinal properties. For over 2,000 years ginger root tea and other forms of ginger preparations have been used to relieve nausea, vomiting, indigestion, heartburn and diarrhea. Ginger root tea is made by steeping 2 tbsp. of minced ginger in hot water. Ginger tea can also be purchased in teabags. Consult your doctor before using ginger root tea or any herbal remedies.

Ginger has been used historically as a digestive. (Image: Creative-Family/iStock/Getty Images)

Diarrhea

At one time or another, everyone has diarrhea -- the frequent passing of stools that are watery and loose. It normally lasts a day or two before ceasing. Diarrhea is experienced when the colon passes food and fluids too quickly. Diarrhea may be uncomfortable and inconvenient. If diarrhea persists beyond two days in adults, or is accompanied by a fever, a doctor should be seen.

Ginger Root Tea and Diarrhea

Ginger root tea may help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea by decreasing stomach spasms and the gases from fermented material that promote frequent, watery stools. Ginger root tea may also promote the release of gastric juices and enzymes that aid in digestion. Peristaltic movements of the bowel are slowed and bowel movements return to normal. Ginger root tea may also relieve cramping and any abdominal pain associated with diarrhea. If diarrhea is severe, a doctor should be consulted.

Other Medicinal Uses

Ginger root tea may be effective for other ailments. Ginger is recommended by the health care community for the prevention of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, motion sickness and chemotherapy. It is promoted for upset stomachs, as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and may be used in treatments for heart disease and cancer, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Your daily maximum ginger intake, from all sources, including ginger root tea, should not exceed 4 g.

Adverse Effects

Ginger root tea may relieve the odd bout of diarrhea, but large amounts of the tea may increase the frequency of bowel movements. It's rare to have an adverse reaction to ginger, but if you do, it may include heartburn, stomach upset, sore mouth and burping. If you have any operations scheduled, ginger, in any mode, should be avoided. Ginger tea should not be drunk if you are on blood thinners or have gallstones. Ask your doctor for guidance before using ginger tea or any other herbal remedies. Children under two should not be given ginger tea.

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