Ginger Compress Aids in Healing

Ginger Compress Aids in Healing

The Activity of the Ginger Compress – an amazing restorative for all that ails you.

Ginger has many healing capabilities

Ginger has many healing capabilities

The purpose of a hot Ginger Compress is to dissolve stagnation, mucus and tension, melt blockages and stimulate circulation and energy flow. This is a wonderful treatment for injuries to the body, especially the back.  It is particularly good for moving stagnated chi (energy) in the kidneys and the lungs. It also helps heal skin complaints.

The heat activity of the compress stimulates the blood and tissue circulation in the area being treated which then facilitates the excretion of the dispersed toxins.  It is effective in dissolving hardened accumulations of fats, proteins or minerals. Examples are kidney stones, gallbladder stones, cysts and benign tumours such as uterine fibroids.
Many types of acute or chronic pain can be relieved such as rheumatism, arthritis, backaches, cramps, kidney stone attacks, toothaches, stiff neck, frozen shoulder and similar problems.

Marlene administering a ginger compress on a student

Marlene administering a ginger compress on a students kidneys

A ginger compress can speed up the improvement from a variety of inflammatory conditions, like bronchitis, prostate infection, bladder inflammation, intestinal inflammations (but never appendicitis). It is effective in relieving congestive conditions like asthma.

When tissues have been damaged, the compress can speed up the regeneration of the damaged area and is also a wonderful treatment for dissolving muscle tensions.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, grate enough gingerroot to equal the size of a golf ball. When the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and place the ginger into a cotton handkerchief and tie with string or secure with an elastic band.

The water at this point should be just below boiling point. Place the ball into the pot and allow it to soak in the water without boiling for about 5 minutes.
Place a face towel into the ginger water, wring out and apply to the desired area on the body. Cover with a hand towel to hold in the heat. Change the facecloth every 2 to 3 minutes as it starts to cool off.

Ginger Compress on the Kidneys

Let the cloths cool slightly before placing on the kidneys

This can be done by using two cloths and alternating them so that the skin does not cool off between applications. Continue the applications for about 15 to 20 minutes until the skin has turned pink.
The tissues of the walls of the intestine if you are using it there to relieve digestive problems.  The tissues begin to receive clean, revitalized blood (if we have also changed our way of eating, and it has to emphasized the ginger compress is a waste of time if we do not). The intestines become revitalized, leading to regeneration of the tissues and restoration of their proper, harmonious function.  In these images here you can see me administering a compress on a students kidneys.

During Treatment.
As a result of doing the treatment mucus deposits are gradually dissolved and toxins flushed into the bloodstream. The body may show signs of detoxification or may show no overt signs of cleansing other than increased urination and bowel movement and some fatigue.  Relax after the treatment and drink some filtered water.  The compress should be done twice a week.

For psoriasis or other skin complaints place the hot towels from the sternum to the navel so as to cover the whole intestinal tract.  This is where the healing will take place for problems with the skin but you must change to a  wholefoods plant based diet and remove sugar for this to be effective.

Never apply a ginger compress when a high fever is present. As the compresses are very contractive (yang) they are hot applications therefore should not be used on a dense area of the body such as the brain.

There are many other home remedies, medicinal teas and 200 delicious recipes in my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ available  worldwide on amazon.  The body is a self healing organism, eat well, hydrate and exercise for good energy and vitality.

In good health,



  1. Can I use this on my dog? He 16 and 1/2 year old lab. His bun and creatine levels are slightly elevated. He also had a fatty tissue about size of orange. I cannot have it removed due to his age. Will it work for that as well.

    • I used ginger compress on my lab’s arthritic joints, they loved it…. only time not to use ginger compress is on cancerous tumours.

  2. I am wondering if I can do this on a client who has harrington rods in her lower spine. She has too much mercury in her system and I have has success in lowering mercury using ginger compresses.

    • Hi Adrianne, I use the ginger compress on clients with scoliosis and other back issues, harrington rods wouldn’t cause any problems, the compress will simply relax the muscles and stimulate blood flow and circulation.

    • And I adore delivering this relaxing and restorative treatment to my darling’s kidneys xxx

    • You’re welcome, greetings to Nairobi.

  3. Hello Marlene, my son is 10 years old and has a kidney failure , the doctors said that the left kidney is with missing parenchyma, the function of the other one is not fully and someday he will need kidney transplantation. Can I use of a ginger compress to stimulate the blood flow in the kidney and help to avoid dialysis. I can’t buy the book, we are from Bulgaria, but I need your suggestion. Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Milena
      Sorry to hear about your son’s kidney failure. As long as he does not have any fever then gentle stimulation with the ginger compress will cause no harm.

      Amazon ship my book worldwide, here is the link,

      If you manage to buy a copy please follow the recipes in the Winter section which are all strengthening for the kidneys, the teas, soups and sea vegetable dishes particularly the azduki beans, kidney beans, and as I don’t know what type of diet he is eating please keep any animal food to a minimum and focus on lots of wholegrain dishes with beans and vegetables to create strong blood and if animal food is used, white meat fish is best.
      Marlene x

  4. Have you used the ginger compress on tumours in the lungs. Would that be dangerous?

    Regards Brian Dodds

    • Hi Brian
      We do not recommended the use of a ginger compress on tumours unless we have a full client history. A consultation can be done via Skype. Marlene.

  5. Hello, I have a question regering uterine fibroids. Where skall I apply the compress? Front or backside of the body? And when in the cyclys? After, during or before the period? Is there anything I should take extra care of? Thank you in advance. Mandra

    • Place the ginger compress on the abdomen – avoid during menstruation, do in between cycles. Avoid all animal, dairy and sugar, eat a wholefoods plant based diet and follow the seasonal recipes and educational material in my book. Regards, Marlene

      • Thank you Marlene for the information, I’ll try it out. Sounds promising!
        With kind regards, Mandra

  6. Willie has stage 3 kidney disease caused by hypertension left uncontroled over a 15-year period of time. I would like a rundown of foods to avoid and those foods that will lead to a more healthy future and help to avoid dialysis. Let me hear your response.

    • I replied to the other message regarding a dietary approach for kidney disease. Follow all the recipes in my book as suggested. Plant based diets are the key to health and longevity.

  7. I need to learn more about a proper diet to increase functions of the kidneys. Using the ginger copress sounds promising, but I also need information on a proper diet to allign with these treatments, so that the whole process benefits to the max. My kidney function is at about 1/2 of fully functioning. Let me hear from you.

    • Adopt a plant based diet for kidney health. Excess protein from animal foods are harmful to overall health. Elevated levels of protein can also cause kidney damage, liver problems, kidney stones, excess fat gain, contribute to the damaging of the lining of artery walls, lead to plaque build-up in arteries, result in lethargy, diminish bone density, and cause a host of other health problems. My book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ is available on amazon world wide. Read the educational chapters. There are over 200 plant based recipes there to enjoy. The ginger compress is explained on page 192 in my book also.

  8. I love ginger. I use it in smoothies, in juices and literally two minutes ago I suggested ginger tea to a friend who is feeling like a summer flu is coming on!

    • Great website you have Susan, bright and vibrant, just what the world needs. Currently putting together my Weight Loss Natures Way Course to sell on line so have my darling hubby shooting 10 videos of me cooking!! all good fun though. x

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