Ginger for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy

 Researchers at Shahid Beheshti Medical Science University in Tehran, Iran report it was effective.

First, the details.

  • 67 pregnant women with nausea and vomiting were randomly assigned to treatment.
    • Ginger 250 mg capsules for 4 days
    • A placebo group.
  • The groups were matched for age, gestational age, parity, occupational status, and educational level.
  • The patients were not aware of the treatment given — single-blind.

And, the results.

  • The women were in their 20s and at 13 weeks gestation.
  • They had a history of about 1.6 prior deliveries.
  • The ginger users demonstrated a significantly higher rate of improvement (85%) vs placebo (56%).
  • There was a significant decrease in the number of vomiting episodes among those taking ginger (50%) vs the placebo (9%).

The bottom line?
These results support the conclusions in an earlier review of ginger use during pregnancy.

3/2/09 21:51 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.