Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a nutritive, herbal supplement considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration. It has been used for thousands of years in many countries such as Rome, Greece, India, and Arabia for digestive disorders. It is listed in the pharmacopoeias of the United Kingdom, Thailand, and China as effective treatment for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.
The components of ginger are gingetol and shogaol appear to have only local effects on the gastrointestinal system in comparison to prescription anti-nausea medications which effect the central nervous system.
Nausea complicating pregnancy occurs in over 80% of women and therefore finding a natural, herbal remedy as first line therapy that health care providers can offer safely is highly desirable. Many articles are now being published that point to the safety and effectiveness of ginger in pregnancy. (more…)