Did you know that clinical studies have found ginger to be as effective for nausea as many common anti-nausea medications?
And it’s non-drowsy! Ginger is considered a medicinal food and it has been used therapeutically in China for over 2000 years, to aid digestion, stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea. We are still using ginger today for many of these reasons, and even more!
Ginger is an important herb for anyone with gastrointestinal upset and is best known for its ability to treat nausea. Individuals suffering from nausea due to motion sickness, pregnancy, surgery or chemotherapy, know just how debilitating nausea can be. They also know that many over the counter anti-nausea medications, such as gravol, tend to cause drowsiness. Ginger is a great alternative.
Clinical studies show that ginger is equally effective as many anti-nausea drugs, without the sleepy side-effects. The stem of the ginger plant contains the active ingredients, gingerol and shogaol,
which work to stop nausea. They also help stimulate the flow of saliva, bile and gastric juices. Ginger also works as an anti-inflammatory for the gastrointestinal tract and reduces joint pain and swelling associated with arthritis.
- Taking 1 to 2 grams of ginger, divided throughout the day, is generally recommended for the treatment of morning sickness, or postoperative nausea.
- Drinking hot fresh ginger tea throughout the day, and following meals, will settle the stomach. You can take ginger as a supplement with food or on an empty stomach.
- Ginger is a blood thinner, and as such should be used cautiously in individuals already taking blood thinning medication.
- You can make fresh ginger tea or use it in cooking; however using it in supplement form can be easier when you don’t have access to the fresh herb.
- You will find ginger available in tea bags, lozenges, capsules, or tinctures or liquid extracts.
- You can use ginger essential oil topically to relieve arthritic pain in the joints.
Ginger is often combined with curcumin and boswelia to relieve inflammation. For morning sickness, take ginger with vitamin B6 because they work even better together.
So remember, ginger is your digestive system’s best friend! It is particularly effective in treating nausea related to motion sickness, pregnancy, surgery or chemotherapy. Use it as a fresh tea or try the lozenges if you are on the go. Use it with curcumin to enhance its anti inflammatory effects or take it with vitamin B6 for morning sickness.