A “New” Treatment Found; For Nausea After Surgery

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                              Ginger in the News

   It’s No Secret, Ginger Packs a Healthy Punch
Ginger has been used as a spice and a medicine in Asian cultures for thousands of years.
Today, ginger comes in all forms – from raw, to powder, to tablets. As a growing number
of foods take on an ethnic flair, everyone agrees that there is something wonderful about
this knobby root. Its distinctive bite has made it a flavor favorite for years, but now a
growing body of research and stories of the healing powers of ginger are popping up in
news all around the country.


“The Big Queasy; Effective Motion-Sickness Remedies Are Easy To Stomach” •
The Arizona Republic • May 2, 2006
Ginger tablets…can prevent nausea. Or try ginger tea, ginger ale or candied ginger.

“Ginger an Ovarian Cancer Killer” • Forbes.com • April 5, 2006
Ordinary ginger causes ovarian cancer cells to die, highlighting the spice's potential in
fighting the killer disease, a new study found.

Not only did ginger trigger ovarian cancer cell death, it did so in a way that may prevent
tumor cells from becoming resistant to treatment, a common problem with chemotherapy.

“Ginger Ale is a Favorite for Calming Tummy” • Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
•February 8, 2006
Question: What’s the best drink to soothe an upset stomach? I’ve heard ginger ale is
good.
Answer: … Varro Tyler, herbal expert and author, says you need a one-gram dose of
ginger every few hours for effective relief.

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“Spice Facts” • The Commercial Appeal •February 8, 2006
Here’s a list of spices with suspected or proven health benefits:
… Ginger: Long known for its ability to ease nausea, ginger is also known to alleviate
symptoms of seasickness, is an anti-inflammatory, can protect against colon cancer and
can help boost immune function.

“A ‘New’ Treatment Found; For Nausea After Surgery“ • The Boston Globe •
January 23, 2006
Researchers from Thailand have found that one of the world’s most ancient treatments
for an upset stomach, a pinch of ginger, may provide a cheap and exceptionally safe
relief.

“Ginger May Curb Surgery Nausea” • Omaha World-Herald • January 23, 2006
Ginger frequently is touted as a way to control the nausea associated with motion
sickness and pregnancy. But medical data suggest a dose of at least one gram of ginger
can help prevent nausea and vomiting in patients after surgery, according to a report in
Reuters.

“Spices add a healthy flair to your dinner plate” • The Miami Herald • July 28, 2005
Certain properties in ginger seem to ease motion sickness as effectively as over-the-
counter remedies. It has been shown to inhibit vomiting and gastric ulceration, and its
nausea-fighting properties can also be helpful for people who are suffering the side
effects of chemotherapy.

… compounds found in ginger are said to thin blood and help reduce pain like aspirin
does. Research at the University of Miami has demonstrated that patients with
osteoarthritis of the knee who took ginger had less pain than those who didn’t.

According to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ginger has been
identified in several studies as one of the plants with the highest antioxidant content.

“Herb of the Month” • Better Nutrition • April 1, 2005
Primary uses: Nausea due to motion sickness, morning sickness, stomach virus, digestive
disorders and chemotherapy.

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“Food sense; Foods to fix everyday ailments” • Consumer Reports on Health•
November 20004
You might be able to treat nausea with a drop of spice. Studies have shown that ginger
pills relieve nausea caused by motion sickness, early pregnancy, or chemotherapy as
effective as over-the-counter drugs do. In theory, ginger in other forms may also help
quell a queasy stomach. Suck on ginger candy. Make a soothing tea by putting a teaspoon
of raw, grated ginger in a cup of hot water.

“The 55 Best Herbal Remedies” • Natural Health • September 1, 2004
(19) Ginger for motion sickness – Modern studies have confirmed that ginger prevents
nausea and vomiting.
(20) Ginger for morning sickness – Ginger also assists in preventing morning sickness.

“EN’s advice on how to spice up your food and your health” •Environmental
Nutrition• July 1, 2004
Best known for preventing and soothing the nausea of motion sickness or pregnancy,
ginger is also a powerful antioxidant and possible cancer fighter.

“Ginger Gum” •The Washington Post • June 29, 2004
Ah, chewing Ginger gets good marks as a nausea reliever... Fortune and Memorial Sloan-
Kettering Cancer Center’s Herbs and Botanicals website cites four studies that show
ginger more effective than placebos in relieving nausea. Another, in the Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, found it better at relieving postoperative nausea. Earlier this
year the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said there were enough
data to recommend the herb as a morning sickness remedy.

“Home Remedies For You; Moms’ Own Solutions for Easing PMS, Stress and
More” •Parenting • June 2004
Ginger has long been recommended to quell early pregnancy’s queasiness (those
nauseated feelings aren’t just in the morning, either). Stephanie Cottom, who just had her
second child, relied on the strong-flavored Reed’s Original Ginger Brew. You can also
eat candied ginger, drink ginger tea, or take ginger capsules. In one recent study, two-
thirds of newly pregnant women who took 250-milligram ginger capsules four times a
day felt better within a week. (Three-quarters of those who took placebos still felt sick.)




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