Ginger treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum

modified 2018-10-11

Ginger treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum

In short:

Does ginger reduce symptoms of hyperemesis in pregnancy

Results:

Yes, strong positive result.

Questions raised:

What amount and what forms are effective? In the study they used powdered root.

Insights, lessons learnt:

Ginger should help with hyperemesis in pregnancy for many women, combined with a placebo effect it might help significantly. For my wife, it did not seem to help, but mostly because she found it unpalatable.

Highlights:

study size: 30(!)

“When specifically asked which treatment period they preferred 19 women (70.4%) mentioned the period in which, as was later disclosed, they received ginger. Four women (14.8%) preferred the placebo treatment period while four (14.8%) were unable to state any preference.”

“Considering the differences in relief scores for all patients after the ginger treatment period and after the placebo treatment period, respectively, a significantly greater relief on the hyperemesis symptoms was demonstrated after ginger compared to placebo (P = 0.035). Analyses of the single items of the relief scores (nausea, vomiting, weight change, individual opinion) indicated that the difference obtained especially was by a reduced number of attacks of vomiting and of decreased nausea. “