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Brand Name: African Ginger, Black Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Imber, Jamaica Ginger, Race Ginger, Rhizoma Zingerberis, Rhizome, Sheng Jiang, Shokyo, Zingibain, Zingiber Officinale, and Zingiberis

Generic Name: ginger

Drug Class: Analgesics, Gastrointestinal, Herbals

What Is Ginger and How Does It Work?

Ginger is an herbal supplement, which can be used as a natural remedy in treatment of antiemetic, carminative, stimulant and also as an anti-inflammatory. It can be effective in treatment of dyspepsia, migraine headache, morning sickness, nausea (chemo induced), post-operative nausea and/or vomiting, osteoarthritis, respiratory infections, rheumatoid arthritis and for SSRI taper/discontinuation.

Demonstrated antiemetic efficacy in pregnancy, postoperative nausea and vomiting and vertigo. It is possibly ineffective for motion sickness.

Insufficient reliable data to rate use in chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, migraine headache, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Ginger is available under the following different brand names: African ginger, black ginger, cochin ginger, Imber, Jamaica ginger, race ginger, rhizoma zingerberis, rhizome, sheng jiang, Shokyo, zingibain, Zingiber officinale, and Zingiberis.

Dosages of Ginger Should Be Given As Follows:

  • Dosages vary between 250 mg – 1 g.

Dosage Considerations

Migraine Headache

  • 500 mg by mouth every 4 hours as need, no more than 1.5-2 grams per day.

Morning Sickness

  • 250 mg by mouth 4 times daily or 500 mg by mouth 2 times daily.

Nausea or vomiting in Pregnancy

  • 250 mg powder by mouth 4 times daily, may take up to 6 grams per day.

Motion Sickness (Powdered Root)

  • 1 g by mouth 30 minutes-4 hours before travel.

Nausea, Chemo-induced (Powdered Root)

  • 1-4 grams per day by mouth, no more than 4 grams per day.

Osteoarthritis (Extract)

  • 170 mg by mouth 3 times daily or
  • 255 mg by mouth 2 times daily, no more than 4 grams per day.

SSRI Taper/Discontinuation

  • 550-1100 mg by mouth 3 times daily; no more than 4 grams per day.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/14/2017

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