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Stop Chemotherapy Nausea With Ginger!

Updated on March 10, 2012
Is this you, after chemotherapy?
Is this you, after chemotherapy?

Chemo & Nausea: It's a Fact!

People who are undergoing chemotherapy know that nausea is an accompanying side effect and not a pleasant one. In fact, 70% of chemo patients experience nausea when undergoing treatment, even though they receive medication like Zofran® to prevent it. 

But now we know that ginger, a spice, can relieve the symptoms of nausea induced by chemotherapy. 

Ginger. The answer to the problem?
Ginger. The answer to the problem?

The Study!

Assistant professor of Dermatology and Oncology, Julie L. Ryan, PhD, MPH, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, disclosed the findings of a study on the effects of ginger in relieving nausea associated with chemotherapy.

Participants in the study received 0.5 grams, 1.0 grams or 1.5 grams of ginger, for six days, beginning three days before their chemotherapy cycles. They also received anti-nausea drugs on the first day of their chemotherapy cycles.

Sugar, spice and everything nice, like GINGER!
Sugar, spice and everything nice, like GINGER!

The Study's Results... Take Your Ginger!

Here's what the researchers found. The groups who were on ginger, versus a placebo, experienced nausea reduction, from the first day, by as much as 40%.

The strange thing is that those on the lower doses of ginger, 0.5 and 1.0 grams, receptively, experienced the greatest reduction in nausea!

Here's what Dr. Ryan says: “By taking the ginger prior to chemotherapy treatment, the... study suggests its earlier absorption into the body may have anti-inflammatory properties,"

NOTE: Pass this study onto your doctor before beginning any new therapy. And if you take ginger, be sure to do so three days before and three days after after your chemotherapy cycle.

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.


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      8 years ago from Vilnius, Lithuania

      The ginger pure compounds (6-shogaol, 6-gingerol, 8-gingerol and 10-gingerol) also exhibited a spasmolytic activity, which reduced with the increasing size of the side chain in their chemical structures.

      from Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2006 Feb-Mar;57(1-2):65-73.

      Species differences in the prokinetic effects of ginger.

      Ghayur MN, Gilani AH.

      Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, The Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Sind, Pakistan.


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