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 caused by chemotherapy

    Although early studies were negative, Dr. Brent Bauer at the Mayo Clinic summarized 2 studies that support its use.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Participants took ginger by mouth for 3 days prior to starting chemotherapy.
    • Ginger was taken in addition to a standard medication prescribed to reduce nausea and vomiting.
    • A small number of participants reported side effects: heartburn, bruising, flushing, and rash.
    • In another study, ginger root powder reduced the severity of chemotherapy-induced nausea in children and young adults ages 8 to 21.
    • Ginger in this study was also given along with standard anti-nausea medications.

    The bottom line?

    Dr. Bauer concluded, “Many prescription drugs have been proved effective at controlling nausea during and after chemotherapy. Ask your doctor if combining ginger and anti-nausea medications might be right for you.”

    9/18/11 19:15 JR

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