Ginger has a number of healing properties, and it can be consumed in a number of ways, including boiling. This is a simple and easy method of extracting the juice from a ginger root without needing an expensive juicer. Grate or thinly slice the ginger root and bring it to a boil in a pot of water. The less water and the longer the root sections steep for, the more intense the ginger flavour will be. You can eat the cooked morsels of ginger afterwards if you so desire.
The University of Maryland Medical Center states that ginger can be used to treat symptoms of nausea that result from pregnancy, motion sickness or even chemotherapy. The ability of ginger to settle an upset stomach includes reducing the likelihood of symptoms such as vomiting, cold sweats and dizziness. In the case of nausea, consuming only the juice or the water from boiling the ginger root is suggested as it is easier to digest.
Boiling the ginger root prior to consuming it makes it easier to digest that very fibrous root. Boiling also reduces the intensity of the flavour of the ginger root, which can be quite strong. Boiling the ginger root is necessary for preparations such as candied ginger or to prepare preserved ginger, such as the condiment that is frequently served alongside sushi.
In a study published by the U.S. National Library, consuming ginger juice will help warm up the body, which promotes healthy sweating. This aids in detoxing the body as well as helping boost the immune system through dermcidin. Dermcidin is a germ-fighting agent that is naturally secreted by sweat glands. Dermcidin protects the body from bacteria, fungus, and various forms of infections.
The UCLA Biomedical Library states that ginger juice, because of its high gingerol content can help with treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. As an anti-inflammatory compound, gingerols stop the production of nitric oxide, which is necessary for the creation of a highly damaging free radical called peroxynitrate. Taking a teaspoon of ginger juice before meals or before going to bed can greatly reduce the production of nitric oxide, as well as helping to relieve morning stiffness.
Isabelle Hannigan has been a professional writer since 2004, with articles appearing in nationally distributed newspapers such as "The National Post." She is a registered dietitian and sports nutritionist, and has worked for the University of Guelph and Athlete's World. Hannigan holds a B.S. in biochemistry from McMaster University and an M.S. in nutritional sciences from the University of Guelph.