ASCO: Ginger Relieves Chemo-Associated Nausea

-- Rick Ansorge

Friday, May 15, 2009

FRIDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- In chemotherapy patients, ginger supplements in combination with standard antiemetics may significantly reduce nausea, according to research to be presented May 30 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, held from May 29 to June 2 in Orlando, Fla.

Julie Ryan, Ph.D., of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, and colleagues randomly assigned 644 patients to receive either one of three doses of ginger (0.5, 1.0, or 1.5 grams) or placebo for three days before chemotherapy treatment and for three days afterward. All patients were prescribed antiemetics such as Zofran®, Kytril®, Novaban®, and Anzemet®, and rated their nausea at various times of day during the first four days of the chemotherapy cycle.

Compared to placebo, the researchers found that all three doses of ginger significantly reduced nausea. They also observed that the two lowest doses had the greatest effect, reducing nausea by about 40 percent.

"By taking the ginger prior to chemotherapy treatment, the National Cancer Institute-funded study suggests its earlier absorption into the body may have anti-inflammatory properties," Ryan said in a statement.

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