Ginger is commonly used for various types of "stomach problems," including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, nausea caused by cancer treatment and lots more
Those who are taking prescribed clotting medication
Ginger is known to cause thinning of the blood. Therefore, anyone who is being treated for either clotting or bleeding disorders must consult with their doctor if they wish to use ginger. In such cases, ginger may exacerbate the effects of your medicine or weaken them, undermining the dosage your doctor has determined to be optimum for your recovery.
Those taking diabetes medication
Ginger is very suitable for those with a high level of blood sugar (including diabetics who manage the disease without medication), due to its natural propensity to lower one’s blood sugar levels. However, for those who are taking medication for diabetes – for example, Metformin or insulin injections – this could undermine the effectiveness of the doctor’s prescription.
Always discuss with your doctor the amount of ginger you are permitted to consume if you are to have any at all. Otherwise, your blood sugar level may descend too low.
Those taking medication for high blood pressure
The medications that are used to manage hypertension, for instance, the calcium channel blockers Norvasc, Cardizem and others of this ilk, can, unfortunately, combine with ginger to drop your heart rate and blood pressure to dangerously low levels. This may even lead to medical complications, such as an irregular heartbeat.
Always consult with your doctor as to the amount of ginger you are using, and they will make the required adjustments to your prescription, or else tell you to avoid the root altogether.
The risks of ginger during pregnancy
Whether pregnant women should continue to consume ginger is a matter of some debate, since the extent of the risks has not been definitively established. Many claim that ginger does affect the hormones of the fetus, and some worry that it might be unwise to use it to combat morning sickness.
Furthermore, ginger is known to increase the likelihood of bleeding, therefore it is claimed that ginger should be avoided when close to the due date. Though none of these claims have been substantiated, it would be fair to say that there is some doubt about the benefits of using ginger when pregnant. Therefore, consult with your doctor about this subject to ascertain what you ought to do.