Studies on ginger to reduce nausea?


Question from Hal: The use of a ginger extract to help control nausea has been in the news lately. What was discussed at the conference if anything?
Answers - Nicholas Robert, M.D. Ginger has been known for a long time to potentially be helpful for nausea. I think many of us felt that was really for mild nausea. However, there was a stimulating small study suggesting that ginger extract may have a role in controlling nausea. It will be important to extend this observation to see how well this really works, compared to the many drugs that we have available already for controlling nausea during chemotherapy.
Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. Ginger ale has long been used in the post-operative period as one of the beverages of choice and with all of the possible beverages that could be consumed, it's believed that the ginger in the ginger ale has been helping to alleviate nausea well before we knew how potent it could be.

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