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The counter indications of ginger

Contraindications of ginger

Ginger is a rhizome excellent for health, it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiemetic, digestive, stimulates the blood system, reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels, relieves nausea, etc.

All these benefits make us forget that, like all natural products used as remedies, if taken wrongly or by the wrong person, it can be harmful, even dangerous.

Let's find out together what are the contraindications to taking ginger, the side effects, undesirable, and possible dangers related to its consumption. This article is purely informative, in case of doubt, always take advice from your doctor.

Contraindications of ginger

You should not take ginger in case of :

Coagulation problems

Indeed, ginger has natural anticoagulant properties, inhibiting blood clotting. If you already have coagulation problems, ginger can amplify the problem and aggravate this blood disorder.

Possible consequences: from small bleedings to more serious hemorrhages.

People suffering from coagulation problems should consult their doctor before consuming ginger.

Before surgery

For the same reason as the contraindication in case of coagulation concerns, ginger is contraindicated before surgery, to avoid promoting excessive bleeding.


With its stimulating virtues of the biliary secretions, the root is disadvised in the event of gallstones (colélitiase).

People who have gallstone problems should consult their doctor before consuming ginger.


It is important to know that ginger helps to lose weight, or at least to accompany a diet, so it is recommended for people who want to lose weight.

It is therefore not recommended to underweight people to consume too much ginger in order not to aggravate the thinness. See our article ginger and lemon to lose weight.


Unchewed fresh ginger can cause intestinal obstruction.

Drug interactions

Ginger is a natural remedy for diabetes, high blood pressure, and acts as an anticoagulant, so its effects can amplify the effects of treatments for these ailments. People on medication should check with their doctor before using ginger.

Anticoagulant treatments

It is not recommended to take ginger when taking anticoagulants or beta-blockers, because it can increase their effects tenfold and increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Especially warfarin, fenprocoumon and salycilates such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, etc.), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, etc.), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, etc.

Treatment for diabetes

It is also not recommended to take ginger if you are taking diabetes treatment, for example: glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), etc

Treatment for high blood pressure and heart problems

It is also not recommended to take ginger when taking treatment for high blood pressure, because ginger could reduce blood pressure in the same way as some drugs for blood pressure and heart disease, examples include: nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan), diltiazem (Cardizem) , isradipine (DYNACIRC), felodipine (Plendil), amlodipine (Norvasc), etc.

Other possible interactions

Some precautions should also be taken with drugs such as antacids, antihistamines and weight loss drugs.

Interactions with other natural products

Also, some herbs, spices, and other natural remedies are not recommended when consuming ginger, such as (but not limited to)

for their anticoagulant effects: garlic, onion, clove, tonka bean, ginseng, flax seed, turmeric, ginkgo, milk thistle, grape seed extract, quercetin, angelica, vitamin E, etc.

for their effects on blood sugar: garlic, aloe vera, cinnamon, milk thistle, Q10, turmeric, ginkgo, ginseng, omega-3, etc.

The case of pregnant women

Many women take ginger to relieve nausea caused by pregnancy, as it is one of the most effective remedies against the urge to vomit. It is advisable to be cautious and to stick to dietary dosages, because in high doses, ginger can cause

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