Although it has long been reported that ginger capsules can
help fight nausea and vomiting, researchers have not reported such uniform
results. In some studies ginger seems to work very well, while in others the
results are not as definite. These mixed results may be related to the quality
of the different ginger products, how the ginger was processed, and perhaps
blood type. According to Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, author of Eat Right 4 Your Type,
ginger is highly beneficial for blood types A and B. But I could not find any
reference at all for Types O or AB.
One recent study in Thailand showed excellent results at
stopping the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy when using freshly
processed ginger. One group of 32 women was given the oral ginger at a dose of
four 250 milligram capsules a day. Another group of women received a placebo.
Twenty-eight of the 32 women on the ginger root experienced very significant
reductions in both nausea and vomiting, while less than one-third of those on
the placebo reported any improvement. (Obstet Gynecol 01; 97:577-582)
The ginger was prepared from fresh gingerroot. It was chopped
into small pieces, baked for 24 hours at 140 degrees F, ground into powder and
packed into capsules. Each woman received a capsule after each meal and at
bedtime. The beauty of using ginger to stop nausea and vomiting associated with
pregnancy is that there are few, if any, side effects, and it doesn't affect the
pregnancy. morning sickness
Gingerroot powder also works for stopping the nausea
associated with chemotherapy, radiation, and motion sickness. Simply take a
couple of ginger-root capsules an hour before and while flying in small planes
or boating in the ocean.
If you get mixed or marginal results from commercial
products, you may want to try making your own.