Ginger for Nausea, Menstrual Cramps, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome


“Ginger for Nausea, Menstrual Cramps,
and Irritable Bowel Syndrome” Ginger is most famous
for its role in preventing and alleviating
nausea and vomiting with so many studies now, that
there are reviews of reviews, and not just in
morning sickness, where just a half teaspoon
of powdered ginger is associated with a 5-fold
likelihood of improvement in nausea and vomiting
in early pregnancy, but also for motion sickness,
and postoperative nausea and vomiting after surgery, and preventing antiretroviral-
induced nausea and vomiting during
HIV treatment, and as a miracle against
chemotherapy-induced vomiting. In this randomized double-blind
placebo-controlled clinical trial of ginger for breast
cancer chemo, chemo-induced vomiting was
relieved in ALL phases, meaning in the acute phase,
within 24 hours of the chemo, delayed vomiting two to
three days later, and even what’s known as
anticipatory vomiting, which occurs before
chemotherapy sessions. After a few times, the
body knows what’s coming and starts throwing up even at
the thought of it approaching. This anticipatory nausea is something
drugs can’t seem to control, even the fancy new
anti-nausea drugs that can cost 10,000 times
more than ginger, which comes in at about
2 pennies per dose, and in certain ways
may work even better. I’ve also talked about
ginger and pain. An eighth teaspoon of
powdered ginger—one penny— found to work as well as the
migraine headache drug Imitrex without the
side-effects. And speaking of pain,
ginger may also be effective as ibuprofen for
alleviating menstrual cramps. Painful periods are
exceedingly common and can sometimes cause
severe suffering, yet have been
virtually ignored by pain management researchers
and practitioners. But four randomized controlled
trials have been published on ginger for
menstrual pain, and all four showed
significant benefit when taken just the first few
days of your period. Effective doses range from
about a 1/3 teaspoon a day to a full teaspoon a day, but since they all seem
to work about the same might as well just start
with a penny a day dose. And as a side effect,
side benefit, it can dramatically reduce
heavy flow, which is actually one
of the most common gynecological problems
for young women. We know that there are
pro-inflammatory foods that may contribute to
heavy menstrual bleeding, so how about try an anti-
inflammatory food like ginger? Heavy menstrual bleeding
is defined as more than a third of a cup
or 80 milliliters. All the study subjects started
out much higher than that, but just an 1/8 teaspoon
of powdered ginger three times a day starting
the day before their period cut their flow in half and it seemed to work better
each month they tried it, providing a highly effective,
cheap, easy-to-use, safer treatment for menstrual
blood loss and pain. So it works for migraines
and menstrual cramps, but just because it’s effective
for many types of pain, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily
efficacious for all pain. For example, how about
intestinal cramps? Is ginger effective
for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome? And the answer is, “YES”,
dropping IBS severity by over 25%, but so did the placebo. So the real answer is “NO”, ginger is not effective for the treatment of
irritable bowel syndrome, yet ginger is one of
the most commonly used herbal medicines for
irritable bowel syndrome. Silly people,
don’t they know it doesn’t work any better
than a sugar pill? Or, from another perspective: Smart people, using
something that offers relief 53% of the time, and doesn’t
risk the adverse effects of some of the drugs, period,
with which doctors may harm one person for every
three they help.

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