Effects of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) on Skin Conditions: A Non Quantitative Review Article


  • Afshin Kazerouni
  • Ory Kazerouni
  • Nader Pazyar

J Turk Acad Dermatol 2013;7(2):0-0


To review the evidence highlighting the clinically important effects of Ginger on skin conditions and medicine. There are many articles including randomized control trials and experiments, about the effects of Ginger on the skin and on the body in general. This review would give practitioners access to the most relevant medical information on this topic in one article. A systematic review was conducted to synthesize available research literature on the effectiveness of Ginger on skin and medicine. Thirty four articles were chosen to be reviewed. Material from those written in English and most relevant to skin and medical health. The findings suggest that moderate evidence exists to support the use of Ginger in dermatology and general medicine. Ginger is used for its anti-inflammatory effects, anti-oxidant effects, anti-cancerous effects and wound healing effects. Use of Ginger in different dermal and medical situations and its application in the pharmaceutical industry should be based on the strength of evidence. Currently, there is moderate evidence that Ginger helps wound healing, inflammation, aging, and cancer. Continued research is needed to establish a solid base of evidence proving its effectiveness in human.

Keywords: Zingiber officinale, ginger, zerumbone, skin cancer, topical anti-inflammatory activity, anti-tumor promotion, chemoprevention.