5 Recent Ginger Studies: Post-Surgery

May 12, 2014

Is ginger useful for nausea and vomiting after surgery?

Walk-in surgeries, despite sounding somewhat pleasant, can be followed by nausea and/or vomiting. For these concerns, ginger powder may offer relief.

In a study on 100 adults scheduled for such surgery, Indian researchers assigned each subject to the nausea-relief medication Ondansetron with or without 0.5 g of ginger powder an hour before pre-surgery anaesthesia. Those who consumed ginger with their drug reported lower frequency and severity of nausea and vomiting after surgery.

This isn’t the first study on ginger and nausea and vomiting-and it certainly won’t be the last. Nausea and vomiting is arguably the most popular focus for studies on ginger and health outcomes.

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