Ginger and Inflammation
Australian scientists have found that ginger compounds (gingerols) reduce pain and act as Cox-2 inhibitors, similar to the anti-arthritis drug Celebrex. University of Miami research shows that patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who took 255 milligrams of ginger extract twice a day for six-weeks, had less knee pain than those who did not take ginger.
Denmark researchers have discovered that ginger can block the effects of prostaglandins. These are substances that cause inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain, which leads to migraines. Though the results are still experimental, 1/3 teaspoon of fresh of powdered ginger taken when you feel a migraine coming on can help stop pain before it starts. Using the same theory, ginger has been found to produce "marked" relief in arthritis pain. The ginger tea described above or 1/2 teaspoon of ginger is recommended by Danish researchers for arthritis relief.
Too much ginger can cause a common side effect: mild gastrointestinal distress, usually in the form of heartburn, so it's a good idea to start off at a small dose. Better yet, add it to the foods you eat!
From Doctor Oz - Powdered Ginger
The oils contained in ginger reduce inflammation at the site of the joint. Take a half-teaspoon a few times a day for the next 7 days by adding the powdered ginger to hot water in the mornings, stirring it into your lunchtime lemonade, or concocting whatever ginger drink tastes best to you! You can also take a ginger tablet or capsule in doses of 1 to 4 grams every day either all at once or divided into smaller doses.
See also: The Health Benefits of Ginger