The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    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.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    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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