Ginger for Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy

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Effects of ginger for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a meta-analysis

Thomson M, Corbin R, Leung L
J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Jan-Feb;27(1):115-22
PubMed PMID: 24390893

Maggie Thomson, Renee Corbin and Lawrence Leung from Queen’s University, Ontario conducted a meta-analysis of clinical trials using ginger (Zingiber officinale) for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.

Zingiber officinale
Zingiber officinale [Source: Wikimedia Commons, Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen]
Their findings suggest that ginger is an effective nonpharmacological treatment for this condition:

“Ginger is commonly consumed in our diet as an additive in cooking. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is indicated specifically as a remedy for [nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy (NVEP)]. Based on our meta-analysis, we conclude that ginger is an effective nonpharmacological option for treating NVEP with respect to the inherent heterogeneity of the available studies. Family physicians and other medical professionals should be cognizant of the value of ginger as they contemplate pharmacological options for suitable patients with NVEP.”

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