How to treat nausea naturally: Ginger

Ginger is the thick stem (or rhizome) of the flowering Zingiber officinale plant, and belongs to the same family as turmeric and cardamom. Ginger is native to South-east Asia, India and China, and is valued for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties, which have been used for thousands of years!

In a study with 576 people with cancer taking 0.5–1 gram of liquid ginger root extract twice daily for 6 days starting 3 days before chemotherapy significantly reduced nausea experienced within the first 24 hours of chemo, compared with a placebo.

How ginger works 

The odour producing principles Gingerols and Shogaols are effective in preventing nausea and vomiting, by blocking the actions of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine and serotonin in the body.

Acetylcholine triggers involuntary stomach contractions, while serotonin can stimulate the vomiting reflex. By preventing these chemicals from working you can increase digestive responsiveness and speed stomach emptying, which may reduce nausea.

Which form of ginger is the best?

The amounts of the compounds above can vary, depending on the form of ginger. Some researchers determined that dried ginger, followed by fresh ginger and powdered ginger tea had the highest concentrations of these compounds.

Shogaols are more concentrated in dried ginger, whereas gingerols are more concentrated in raw ginger. The active components in ginger are called gingerols. When ginger is dried or cooked, gingerols form substances called shogaols.

Gingerols and shogaols have similar antimicrobial and antioxidant effects, but shogaols are twice as potent. This means that supplements made from dried ginger may be more biologically active than fresh ginger.

Dangers to look out for

A lot of research shows that ginger is safe to use for many conditions. But some people have experienced side effects like heartburn, gas, diarrhoea, or stomach pains. This usually depends on the individual, dosage, and frequency of use.

Below are the cautions you need to be aware of:

  • You should also be cautious if you use blood thinners, as ginger may interact with these drugs, though the evidence is mixed.
  • Taking large doses of ginger may increase the flow of bile in your body, so it’s not recommended if you have gallbladder disease.
  • Pregnant women should avoid taking ginger supplements close to labour, as it may worsen bleeding. Also pregnant women who have a history of miscarriage or clotting disorders. 

It’s always best to ask your medical provider for guidance.

How to use ginger for nausea

Raw Ginger  Use it cooking, baking, soups or smoothies.
Ginger capsules and tablets.
Capsules and tablets are usually coated, making it easy to swallow, but there’s also chewable gummies for those who struggle with taking pills.
Ginger flavoured drinks
with a wide range of flavours, including carbonated and still, there’s something to suit everyone's taste.
Ginger Tea  Try adding lemon and honey for extra taste and sweetness.
Ginger essential oil 
Can be used in a diffuser for an energy boost, whilst reducing nausea.
Ginger moisturiser 
Ginger can help support the skin’s normal healing capacity and promote normal blood circulation.
Ginger Powder
Dissolves quickly in hot water and available in many different flavours. Quick and soothing way to reduce nausea!

 

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