Does Ginger Root Kill Parasites?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: July 27, 2005

Does ginger root tea have any known side effects? I have read many articles regarding its positive effects to kill parasites, support the liver, heal ulcers, etc., with over 400 chemical properties. Also, how much ginger root would be required to kill any negative parasites and for how long? I’ve seemed to have developed a headache and a little nausea and constipation after two days of using the ginger root tea. (I only used one teaspoon (fresh) per 2 cups of water boiled) two to three times per day.

Ginger is usually used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory, a blood circulation stimulator and to support digestion and prevent or cure nausea. It causes the blood to come to surface of the skin, promoting cooling in fevers. It is possible that this effect on the blood vessels could cause headache. In excess, or if taken on an empty stomach, ginger can cause gastric irritation. Please see our website at Choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then enter "ginger" for the search. The item "Side Effects of Ginger Tea" discusses the side effects of ginger tea.

Although the dose you are taking is not generally regarded as excessive, the therapeutic dose would be much smaller for a sensitive person or if taken for more than two weeks. I suffest that you stop taking it until your side effects clear. It you start drinking it again, start at half a cup, three times a day taken only with meals.

Ginger, by supporting the digestive system, can help to kill parasites in the stomach before they pass on to the intestine. Once parasites have invaded the intestine, anti-parasitic herbs are needed, along with a careful diet, to rid the body of parasites. I recommend that you consult with a natural practitioner such as a clinical or medicinal herbalist or a naturopath before starting an anti parasite regime.

For information on parasites, please see our website at, and search the "Q&A" section for "parasite".

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