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Ginger Should Be Avoided When Taking Certain Medications or Having Certain Health Conditions

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Ginger Should Be Avoided By These People

Ginger root is one of nature’s healing plants and has been used for its taste and health potential for thousands of years. However, ginger is a plant whose powers should be wielded with caution, as it isn’t appropriate for all people. Are you one of the people who should avoid or restrict consuming ginger? Read on to find out.

Ginger Has Powerful Healing Properties

I’ve already written on how you can use ginger as a medicine for a great health and ginger is also featured in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide.


Ginger’s health-promoting qualities have been touted for generations by a wide-reaching group of people, from the ancient peoples of Asia to modern health gurus. From calming an upset stomach and aiding in digestion to relieving pain and killing off cancer cells, ginger’s beneficial properties run the gamut.

Many people can experience improvements in health by using ground ginger in food or as a dietary supplement, but it’s not the right choice for everyone. Let’s discuss some situations where ginger should be avoided or used sparingly.

When You Should Avoid Ginger (Or Reduce Its Consumption)

According to WebMd ginger can interact poorly with certain kinds of medicines prescribed for health conditions. Diabetic people, people with hypertension and people with clotting disorders may need to use caution when considering use of ginger as a treatment for other ailments.

People who take clotting medications

Ginger can thin the blood, meaning it may be inappropriate for people who take blood clotting medications or have bleeding disorders. Talk about your desire to take ginger with your doctor before using it if you are on medications for blood clotting or blood thinning in order to determine if ginger is the right choice for you.


People on medication for diabetes

Ginger has a natural tendency to lower blood sugar and as such it is one of the top 8 spices and herbs for type 2 diabetes. For people with diabetes and pre-diabetic people who control their condition solely through diet, this may be welcome news.

However, people taking medication (such as Metformin or similar drugs, or using insulin injections to control blood sugar) for their diabetes need to be aware of ginger’s effect on blood sugar and discuss ginger usage with their prescribing physicians before continued use to avoid getting their blood sugar too low.

People using high blood pressure medications

Some medicines used to control hypertension, such as calcium channel blockers (i.e., Norvasc, Cardizem, etc.) can interact with ginger, causing the blood pressure and/or heart rate to drop to unhealthy levels, leading to irregular heartbeat or other complications.

Discuss your use of ginger and the potential for a dosage adjustment with your doctor if you are taking any medications to treat high blood pressure.

Ginger and Gallstones

People with gallstones may find their condition exacerbated by using ginger.

The gallbladder is a small sac-like structure which lies beneath your liver and connected to it by the bile duct. The gallbladder serves as a storage facility for bile which breaks down fat in the intestines.


The gallbladder stores bile until the presence of fat in the digestive system calls for it. Gallstones often form in the gallbladder, where they typically cause few problems. If they migrate into the bile duct and get stuck there, however, they can block bile flow, causing bile to back up in the liver.

When ginger is taken in large quantities, bile production may increase, and the higher level of gallbladder contractions may agitate gallstones and cause them to lodge in bile ducts. A stone stuck in the bile duct can cause serious illness that may require emergency surgery.

It should be noted that not all medical practitioners agree that ginger is harmful if you have gallbladder disease and some Chinese medicine practitioners recommend ginger root as a treatment for gallstones because of its bile-stimulating properties. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for taking ginger if you have gallbladder disease.

If you have gallstones you can consider using lemon water to dissolve them.

Pregnant Women and Ginger Consumption

According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, using ginger during pregnancy is controversial.1


There is some concern that ginger might affect fetal sex hormones. There is also a report of miscarriage during week 12 of pregnancy in a woman who used ginger for morning sickness. However, studies in pregnant women suggest that ginger can be used safely for morning sickness without harm to the baby.

The risk for major malformations in infants of women taking ginger does not appear to be higher than the usual rate of 1% to 3%. Also there doesn’t appear to be an increased risk of early labor or low birth weight.

There is some concern that ginger might increase the risk of bleeding, so some experts advise against using it close to your delivery date. As with any medication given during pregnancy, it’s important to weigh the benefit against the risk. Before using ginger during pregnancy, talk it over with your healthcare provider.

How Much Ginger to Consume

Most people tolerate ginger very well, and find it handy for combating anything from minor stomach or digestive upsets—including nausea and vomiting—to arthritis pain and menstrual cramps.

According to Maryland Medical Center2, for people who do not have medical or health conditions on the cautionary list discussed above, taking up to 4 grams of powdered ginger root per day is safe, while pregnant women should not take more than 1 g per day. According to Drugs.com3, ginger has been used in clinical trials in doses of 250 mg to 1 g, 3 to 4 times daily.

What’s good about ginger is that you can use it both in fresh or ground form. The ground form is much more concentrated, and usually when converting fresh to ground ginger, a single tablespoon of fresh ginger root is equal to 1/4 of a teaspoon of dried ginger.

Ideas for Ginger Consumption

How To Use Ginger As a Medicine For Great Health

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32 Responses to Ginger Should Be Avoided When Taking Certain Medications or Having Certain Health Conditions

  1. Frances says:

    These helpful information is pure and simply awesome thank you so very much keep them coming people will see the doctor much less

  2. zanele says:

    Thank you very much, this information is very helpful. At times we eat some foods out of ignorance of how much they can be dangerous to our bodies.

  3. Peter Akerele says:

    This information on Ginger intake is very helpful to me as I’m a regular user of ginger. Thank you million times.

  4. Ann says:

    good info,i am currently breastfeeding,can i take it for weight loss?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Ginger in normal food quantities is considered safe. However don’t consume large amounts of ginger or ginger supplements without talking to your doctor first.

  5. Charlotte Hellegers email: [email protected] says:

    Thank you for information! I am a retired RN age 86,osteoporosis,arthritis anemia,low BP.Is ginger good for me?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Charlotte, it depends what medications you take and if they interact with ginger. Usually consuming ginger in normal food quantities is fine, but to be on the safe side of things it’s best to consult with your doctor (as I’m not a doctor so cannot give specific advice).

    • Janet Emeleus says:

      I rarely eat sweets (candies/lollies) but do enjoy crystalised ginger. Is there any therapeutic effect in crystalised ginger?

  6. Joy says:

    I am taking 25 mg. of Atenolol. Is it safe to take ginger tea – 1/4 teaspoon in cup of water?
    Is it safe to Take ginger tea if one is on lisinopril which my husband takes?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Joy, I’m not a doctor so unfortunately I cannot give specific advice as I’m not familiar with these medications. To be on the safe side of things, please consult with your doctor.

  7. Haybat says:


    I have Iron deficiency and im taking tablets for that. I stopped Tumeric because i read that it weaken the iron in the blood. Does ginger has the same effect?

    thank you

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not sure. I’ve found a small study that concluded that ginger actually assists in iron absorption and found to be beneficial as a supplement in therapy of anemia (see HERE). From what I’ve read about turmeric, theoretically the plant compounds in turmeric could strongly bind to iron molecules and block their absorption, and animal studies also suggest that curcumin could theoretically cause anemia in those people who already have some iron deficiency. However human studies indicate that turmeric supplements do not inhibit iron absorption. According to this study, taking turmeric did not inhibit iron absorption in women.

  8. Yemisi says:

    does ginger worsen peptic ulcer

  9. Mark says:

    I am in good health, generally exercise regularly, have recently lost quite a bit of weight (just over 15 kilos), and have been eating ginger daily (crystalized or preserved ginger) after meals for about a year.
    Three weeks ago I had a tear in the retina of my left eye and needed laser surgery. Since then I have had to suspend all strenuous physical activity. My family members seem to think that the tear to the retina was due to my exercise regime, but I have just read on one particular site ( that ginger can be the cause of retinal problems. Strange, since most sources recommend the consumption of ginger after retinal detachment or surgery.
    What can you tell me about ginger in relation to retinal tears?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Mark, I’ve tried to find an authority source that links ginger to retinal disorders, but couldn’t find so. I’m not an eye specialist, but from what I’ve read in medical websites, Central Serous Chorioretinopathy (CSC) that Livestrong mentioned, is when fluid builds up under the retina and can cause a small detachment under the retina. According to the American Society of Retina Specialists, the causes of CSC are not fully understood however it mentioned risk factors such as high blood pressure or heart disease, and taking certain medications such as corticosteroids (it didn’t mentioned blood thinning drugs). The American Academy of Ophtalmology ( also mentioned extreme stress and autoimmune disease. Men in their 30s to 50s are more likely to develop central serous chorioretinopathy than women. However retinal tears in general can also be caused by aging, eye trauma, family history or previous eye surgery (see Mayo Clinic). I believe that if you consume ginger in normal food quantities (see in my article under “How Much Ginger to Consume”) then there should not be further risk. However since I’m not a doctor, I guess that the safest option would be to check with an eye specialist about the right dosage of ginger in your case.

  10. Gabriel says:

    Hi, I’m a very thin man (5’11” and 132lbs or 1,80m and 60kg) but I love ginger so much and I’m starting to drink water with ginger, just for the taste of it.
    Can I lose even more weight because of it? If I wanna gain weight, should I avoid drinking that?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Ginger is known to aid in weight loss as detailed in my article “How to Lose Weight and Belly Fat with Ginger (Research Based)“. However, as stated in this article, consuming ginger will not provide you with a quick weight loss. You need to remember that how fast you’ll lose weight and body fat depends on other factors as well, such as your exercise, nutrition, stress and genetic factors, and you need to combine ginger with other techniques for losing weight. So as you can see, ginger is not a miracle solution for weight loss, so I don’t think you need to worry.

  11. Ajibade oyinloye says:

    I really appreciate this useful information. Thank you so much. Unlike me, I often use ginger to cook soup. How can I know the quantity in other not to take excess?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      At the end of the article you can find more information on how much ginger to consume per day.

  12. Sandra says:

    Hi! I have tried drinking ginger tea with and without turmeric for a year to cleanse and to treat my acne…however, I did not notice any improvement with regard to my acne, in fact, I felt it got even a bit worse, although I did lose weight along with excessive workout… I am over 24, and not sure if I have acne due to poor liver functioning but do you think there is any negative link between acne and ginger consumption?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Adult acne, as its name suggests, affects older people and may continue into the 30s and 40s. It affects women more than men. I haven’t heard about any link between ginger and acne, and I also would not expect to see any improvement or aggravation with it. There are better ways to treat acne than ginger which you can find below, but if your acne is severe and/or persistent, it’s better to consult with a dermatologist:
      1. Try these effective homemade acne face masks that combine ingredients that are commonly used to treat acne.
      2. Tea tree oil – see more info HERE.
      3. Other useful ingredients to treat acne are witch hazel, baking soda, apple cider vinegar or these essential oils.

  13. Deb says:

    This article referenced the comparison to NSAIDS. I cannot take NSAIDS. It has a negative affect on my kidney functions. Does ginger have the same or similar ingredients?

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      Hi Deb, I couldn’t find in the article a comparison of ginger to NSAIDs. In any case, ginger does not contain similar ingredients to NSAIDs. A study from 2017 compared ginger to Ibuprofen (type of NSAID) in postsurgical pain model, and concluded that “ginger is as effective as ibuprofen in controlling postoperative sequelae, especially pain, and it can be an efficient substitute for this synthetic agents”.

  14. AISAN says:

    i love taking ginger. but when i had ulcer attack about 5 years ago, it seems taking ginger irritates the wall of my stomach; what do you suggest

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      It has been quite a while since you had your ulcer attack and I don’t know what your current condition is. If you don’t take any medications that can interfere with ginger, then perhaps you can try experimenting with a very small amount of ginger for a few days and see how you go. If nothing happens then you can gradually and slowly increase the amount. If you feel any irritation, stop taking it.

  15. Dolores Blocker says:

    Dear Jenny, I appreciate your info on many topics you provide. I would like your opinion on using essential oils in the many recipes and teas etc. instead of using fresh or dried ingredients, herbs etc.
    Thank you, Dolores

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      Hi Dolores, essential oils are very concentrated and potent. When they are applied to the skin, they are diluted with a carrier oil. When they are ingested, they must be food grade quality and used in tiny amounts (for example 1 drop in a cup of tea). Many essential oil are not intended for internal consumption and can be toxic. So when used internally, you must read the product label and see if its OK to use internally (food grade), and always use tiny amount. If you are not sure, avoid ingesting essential oils and opt for fresh or dried herbs which are much safer.

  16. Ilse Pielmeier says:

    IM ON xarelto 10mg once a day and toprol 7.5 mg once a day,
    Is it safe to drink ONE CUP of ginger tea each day?

  17. sylvia diaz says:


    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      Hi Sylvia, generally speaking there is a difference between drinking 1 or 2 cups of ginger tea per day than to take ginger in its concentrated form – i.e. ginger supplement. Consuming ginger in normal food quantities, such as in tea or to spice dishes is usually considered fine. However taking any natural substance in a concentrated form is a different story as it can interact with some medications or cause some side effects. I couldn’t find specific information whether ginger in normal food quantities can interact with grape seed extract or reduce its efficacy, so to be on the safe side of things, and since I’m not a doctor, it would be best to get a green light from your doctor.

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