(Zingiber officinale Rosc.)
Ginger is a member of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric and it has a long history of use to relieve digestive problems, such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and morning sickness.
The phenolic compounds in ginger work in a number of ways and are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions.
A University of Georgia study of 73 volunteers found that ginger reduced exercised-induced pain by 25%.1
Ginger minimizes pain in primary dysmenorrhea. A 2013 study of 70 students who suffered painful periods reported significant pain reduction and 83% of the volunteers reported improvement in nausea symptoms, compared to 47% who were given a placebo.2
A review published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia confirmed evidence that ginger helps relieve sea-sickness, morning sickness and nausea caused by chemotherapy.3
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists confirms that, “Treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy with ginger has shown beneficial effects and can be considered as a non-pharmacologic option."4,5
5 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG practice bulletin: nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2004;103 (4):803–814.