• Ginger has been used in Asian, Indian and Arabic herbal traditions for thousands of years as a way to relieve the discomfort of nausea and upset stomach. Recent studies have supported some of the ancient herbal remedies.


    A 2009 study by the National Cancer Institute has shown promising results for lower dosages of ginger preventing or significantly reducing nausea caused by chemotherapy when compared with a placebo.

    Motion Sickness

    A 1988 study in Denmark found that subjects taking ginger suffered much less from nausea. Later studies have been conflicting, but the general consensus is that ginger is a good alternative to avoid possible side effects from conventional medicines.


    Two studies reported in Obstetrics & Gynecology both concluded that ginger is an effective treatment for reducing nausea and vomiting caused by morning sickness.


    Ginger has long been used by traditional medicine to reduce inflammation. A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism reports that osteoarthritis patients taking daily ginger supplements required less conventional pain medication.

    Side Effects

    Side effects from ginger capsules are rare. Heartburn and mild stomach upset are possible, but not usually in capsule form. People with gallstones, bleeding disorders or anticipating surgery should consult a doctor before taking ginger capsules.


    University of Maryland Medical Center: Ginger

    NCI Cancer Bulletin

    Arthritis & Rheumatism journal; Effects of a Ginger Extract on Knee Pain in Patients with Osteoarthritis; R. D. Altman and K. C. Marcussen; Nov 2001

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