A few days ago I developed a rather nasty infection – with nagging pain. And it was spreading too… The infection started where I had a root canal treatment 4 years ago. I wasn’t lucky since the treatment was done really badly, and an infection which developed, as a result, made me suffer for quite some time. The gum flared up and became swollen. I had to take antibiotics for it twice.
I was advised to have the root canal treatment re-done, but have been too scared to do so, having read that such treatments are rarely successful. So I am still in the thinking mode about it. Maybe the tooth will have to go since apart from the chronic inflammation, there is also a cosmetic problem – the tooth has become discoloured.
But back to what happened a few days ago. The infection developed during the Easter holiday, so I had about 4 days to wait for my dental surgery to reopen. I knew that it would be antibiotics again, and didn’t want to go that route. So I decided to try an alternative, which happened to be ginger. I read a lot about its antibacterial properties, but have never experienced them on myself.
So as a trial, I decided to start chewing ginger root, several times a day. This is what I did: cut myself a piece which was about 1.5cm long and 1cm thick, and chewed it a little. I would then push the pulp between the tongue and the lower lip (where the infection was) and leave it there for an hour or so. In fact, I gradually chewed it up and swallowed. I did it meticulously about 5 times a day, for 3 days.
The pain began to subside from the first application. However, it was coming back a few hours after ginger application. So I would repeat the procedure. After 2 days the pain began to subside. On day 3 the inflammation started to go away too. How did I know? I used to touch the areas which used to cause me problems, and the degree of pain I had when ginger was no longer there was becoming much less intense.
On day 3 the pain was almost gone, but I kept chewing ginger, even though not as often – about twice a day. It’s day 6 now, and I am happy to report that my pain is not there anymore. It’s gone. So ginger has worked, and it’s not just some post I’ve read somewhere. It worked for me, which is why I am writing this post, and I want to share my experience with you.
Ginger has shown to have so many other properties too – antiviral, anti-fungal, and it also protects us from cancer! While I don’t encourage anyone to use it as an alternative to medical diagnosis and treatment, I thought that my experience was worth sharing, even to encourage you to use ginger as a complementary remedy.
Ginger has been researched to boost immunity, relieve effects of chemotherapy, help the body to rid itself of heavy metals, promote digestion, and so much more! It is probably the most effective remedy for morning sickness, sea sickness and other types of nausea, including the one caused by bad food and food poisoning. It’s reported to be a great aid to heavy metal and radiation detox programs. And if your metabolic rate is low, ginger will boost it too, up to 15%. And one more thing: if after eating you have an uncomfortable feeling of fullness in the stomach which simply won’t go away, guess what… chew ginger (or take a capsule of it in powdered form)!
So go stock up on this wonderful and very powerful root, and start chewing it, for all the health benefits it offers!
P.S. Since I wrote the post, I had the tooth removed and replaced. While this remedy was helpful for a little while, the infection went too deep and needed a surgical solution. If you have had a root canal treatment which has gone wrong, I would suggest getting back to your dentist to get it sorted out once and for all. Sometimes it means a drastic measure, like in my case!