Ginger for Upset Stomach
The common ginger root used in cooking has been found to
alleviate nausea, indigestion, and motion sickness.
For motion sickness ginger is more effective than the common
Dramamine, says the British medical journal Lancet.
Researchers recommend 1,500 mg. of ginger approximately 30
minutes before travel. An alternative is a 12 oz. glass of
ginger ale. Another study found that a 940 mg. dose of
ginger was effective if it was consumed 20 to 25 minutes
Physicians in Europe found that 250 mg. of common ginger
stops the nausea and vomiting of mothers-to-be.
A study with 80 Danish naval cadets unaccustomed to sailing
heavy seas found that one gram of ginger reduced vomiting
and cold sweating. Fewer symptoms of nausea and vertigo
were also reported.
The magic ingredient is gingerol, the active ingredient in
ginger. It works with the gastrointestinal tract and does
not interact with the nervous system so it has no side
effects of toxicity.
A 1/2 teaspoon of ginger is as effective as Dramamine in
relieving motion sickness and is equal to 940 mg.
A ginger tea can be made by measuring one teaspoon of
powdered ginger in a cup of boiling water or fruit juice.
Another method of using ginger is to use essential oil of
ginger. Fill a bowl with boiling water, put in one drop of
ginger per pint of water used, cover your head and inhale
for 5 minutes with your eyes closed.
For morning sickness drink ginger ale or ginger tea, eat
ginger snaps or take 250 mg. of ginger four times daily.
Using 1/8 teaspoon of powdered ginger 4 times a day relieved
morning sickness in pregnant women.
During pregnancy, the total daily dose should not exceed one
gram daily. For others, the daily dose may approach two to
three grams if needed. For prevention of motion sickness,
begin taking three to four hours before the planned trip.
The active ingredient in ginger is gingerol, so when
purchasing a ginger extract, make sure it is standardized in
an 11:1 concentration. The recommended dose of the extract
is 1,000 mg.
While ginger is safe for most people, if there is a history
of heartburn or gallstones, a doctor should be consulted
For more information on ginger, extracts, oils, and more,
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