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Acute effects of dietary ginger on muscle pain induced by eccentric exercise.
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PMID:  21031618     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Zingiber officinale, commonly known as ginger, has analgesic and antiinflammatory properties. The acute effects of ginger on muscle pain, inflammation and dysfunction induced by eccentric exercise were examined. Twenty-seven participants performed 24 eccentric actions of the non-dominant elbow flexors. In a double-blind, cross-over design, participants ingested a 2 g dose of ginger or placebo 24 h and 48 h after exercise. Pain intensity (0-100 mm), arm volume (water displacement), range-of-motion (goniometry) and metabolic rate were assessed before and 45 min after ingestion of ginger or placebo. Eccentric exercise induced moderate arm pain (39 ± 20 mm; mean ± SD) and dysfunction (14% decrease in ROM) and an increase in volume (1.8%). Overall, ginger consumption demonstrated no effect on muscle pain, dysfunction, or metabolic rate compared with placebo. In the sub-set of participants who consumed ginger 24 h after exercise, arm pain was reduced (13%, -5.9 ± 8.8 mm) the following day, 48 h after exercise. Participants who ingested placebo 24 h post-exercise exhibited no change in pain the following day (0.0 ± 14.7 mm). In conclusion, a single 2 g dose of ginger does not attenuate eccentric exercise-induced muscle pain, inflammation or dysfunction 45 min after ingestion. However, ginger may attenuate the day-to-day progression of muscle pain.
Christopher D Black; Patrick J O'Connor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Phytotherapy research : PTR     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1099-1573     ISO Abbreviation:  Phytother Res     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-29     Completed Date:  2011-01-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904486     Medline TA:  Phytother Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1620-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Department of Kinesiology, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA 31061, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analgesics / therapeutic use*
Cross-Over Studies
Double-Blind Method
Elbow / physiopathology
Ginger / chemistry*
Muscle, Skeletal / drug effects,  metabolism,  physiopathology
Pain / drug therapy*
Range of Motion, Articular
Young Adult
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