A study from the University of Georgia in the US established that ginger appears to alleviate the pain associated with muscle injury.
Volunteers were required to consume either two grams of raw ginger, the same quantity of heat-treated ginger, or a placebo for 11 days. Then they had to perform 18 extensions of the elbow flexors while holding a heavy weight, to induce moderate muscle pain. Arm function, pain tolerance, inflammation and aspects of the elbow joint’s biochemistry were monitored prior to the exercise session and for three days after.
The pain experienced by the raw-ginger group was reduced by 25 per cent compared to those taking the placebo, and by 23 per cent in those who had taken the heat-treated ginger compared to those who had taken the placebo.
Perhaps a dose of natural ginger is a good idea if you want to ease muscle pain without resorting to painkillers and anti-inflammatories.