Study shows ginger's effectiveness against chronic periodontitis
Ginger has numerous positive effects on health, although the anti-inflammatory effect also makes it interesting to use against chronic periodontitis. In a current study, the use of ginger for periodontal therapy in people with type 2 diabetes has now been examined - with a very convincing result.
The anti-inflammatory effects of ginger have already been clearly proven in previous studies, but so far there has been little therapeutic benefit. Ginger is widely used as a home remedy, but in Germany the medicinal plant hardly plays a role in medicine. A study recently published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine, which examines the use of ginger against chronic periodontitis in people with type 2 diabetes, shows the wide range of therapeutic applications.
Ginger supplementation for periodontal therapy
In a double-blind clinical trial, an Iranian research team investigated the effects of ginger supplementation in conjunction with non-surgical periodontal therapy on 50 people with type 2 diabetes and chronic periodontitis. At random, participants were assigned to an intervention and a control group and were given either two grams of ginger or a placebo twice a day for eight weeks. All participants were also subjected to non-surgical periodontal therapy.
For the evaluation, the research team recorded various metabolic and periodontal parameters such as fasting blood sugar, triglyceride, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, pocket depth (for the gums), plaque index and bleeding gums.
Metabolism and periodontal parameters improved
There were significantly better results in the intervention group than in the control group, both with some metabolic parameters, as well as with the pocket depth and the hold of the teeth. In terms of metabolic values, the blood sugar level HbA1c and fasting blood sugar in particular have also improved significantly, the research team reports.
Therapeutic use recommended
In view of the results of the study, the researchers recommend a therapeutic use of ginger supplementation “to control the glycemic, lipidic, antioxidative and periodontal status” in type 2 diabetics with chronic periodontitis. How this can be meaningfully integrated into the treatment should therefore also be checked in Germany. (fp)
You can find more information about the medical applications, but also about the cultivation and use of ginger here:
- Ginger - effect, recipes and plant yourself
- Ginger tea: All healing power through correct preparation
- Ginger: Natural remedy for inflammation and oxidative stress
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Dipl. Geogr. Fabian Peters
- Hasan Gholinezhad, Hadi Bazyar, Homeira Rashidi, Parvin Salehi, Mohammad Hosein Haghighi-zadeh, Ahmad Zare Javid: Using ginger supplement in adjunct with non-surgical periodontal therapy improves metabolic and periodontal parameters in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic periodontitis: A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial; in: Journal of Herbal Medicine, Volume 20, April 2020, sciencedirect.com