Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that a daily dose of ginger can dramatically relieve muscle pain. A centuries-old remedy for relieving a range of medical problems, ginger contains anti-inflammatory chemicals that are effective in relieving arthritis pain in ways similar to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Participants in two studies, two groups of 34 and 40 volunteers, were given two grams of raw or heat-treated ginger or a placebo for 11 days. On the eighth day, they performed exercises that caused moderate muscle injury to the arm. Arm function, inflammation, and pain were measured prior to and for three days after exercise. Both forms of ginger lowered the pain by 25 percent.