Like garlic, ginger has long been used in cooking and in medicine. The stem contains substances called gingerols, which give ginger its flavor and odor. Shogaols are another type of active ingredient. Ginger can be used fresh, dried, or as a juice or oil.
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Many people take ginger to relieve pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting Nausea and Vomiting During Early Pregnancy Up to 80% of pregnant women have nausea and vomiting to some extent. Nausea and vomiting are most common and most severe during the 1st trimester. Although commonly called morning sickness,... read more or motion sickness Motion Sickness Motion sickness (also known as car, sea, train, or air sickness) involves a group of symptoms, particularly nausea, caused by movement during travel. While traveling, people feel nauseated and... read more . Scientific studies suggest ginger is effective for pregnancy-related nausea and postoperative nausea and vomiting, but not for nausea caused by chemotherapy. Ginger powder may help relieve painful menstrual periods not caused by another disorder (primary dysmenorrhea). Ginger may have moderate benefit for osteoarthritis. Some people take ginger to help manage type 2 diabetes Type 2 diabetes Diabetes mellitus is a disorder in which the body does not produce enough or respond normally to insulin, causing blood sugar (glucose) levels to be abnormally high. Urination and thirst are... read more .
Possible side effects
Ginger is usually not harmful, although some people experience a burning sensation when they eat it. It may also cause digestive discomfort and cause a disagreeable taste in the mouth. Ginger may increase the risk of bleeding.
Possible drug interactions
People who take ginger and drugs that prevent blood clots may need to be monitored.
More Information about Ginger
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National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: General information on the use of ginger as a dietary supplement