11 Proven Health Benefits of Ginger (Series: Part 4)

The Anti-Inflammatory Effects Can Help With Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common health problem.

It involves degeneration of the joints in the body, leading to symptoms like joint pain and stiffness.

In a controlled trial of 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, those who took ginger extract had less pain and required less pain medication (Altman & Marcussen, 2001).

Another study found that a combination of ginger, mastic, cinnamon and sesame oil, can reduce pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis patients when applied topically (Zahmatkash & Vafaeenasab, 2011).


There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem.



  • Altman, R D, Marcussen K C. (2001).  Effects of a ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis.  44(11):2531-8. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11710709.  DOI: 10.1002/1529-0131(200111)44:11<2531::aid-art433>3.0.co;2-j
  • Zahmatkash M, Vafaeenasab, M R (2011). Comparing analgesic effects of a topical herbal mixed medicine with salicylate in patients with knee osteoarthritis.Pak J Biological Science, 14(13):715-9. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22308653. DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2011.715.719

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