The Effect of Ginger For Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy


Moattar F, Moattar H and Goli M


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007)




Ginger, pregnancy, nausea, vomiting


Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is quite a common complaint with known side effects. Previous investigators have reported the efficacy of ginger in nausea and vomiting. The present study was conducted to determine the effects of ginger in nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. For this clinical trial 670 consecutive parturient who had nausea and vomiting were selected. Cases were similar according to the age, gestational age, parity, occupational status, and educational level. Having matched them according to the complaint severity and gestational age, they were assigned randomly in 2 groups (320 as cases and 350 as controls). Cases received ginger 250mg/qid for 4 days, however, controls received placebo with the same regimen. Effects of ginger were evaluated twice a day for 4 days. The mean age of the cases and controls was 24.1±4.8 and 23.3±5 years, respectively. The mean gestational age was 13 ± 3 weeks, and the mean parity was 1.6 ± 0.8. Cases have shown better response to the regimen (85% vs. 56%, p<0.01). Number of vomiting was much fewer in case subjects (50%vs. 9%, p<0.05). Ginger could improve the severity of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.