Evid Based Nurs 13:40 doi:10.1136/ebn1039
  • Therapeutics
  • Randomised controlled trial

Ginger reduces severity of nausea in early pregnancy compared with vitamin B6, and the two treatments are similarly effective for reducing number of vomiting episodes

  1. Caroline Smith
  1. Correspondence to Caroline Smith
    Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797, Australia; caroline.smith{at}

Commentary on:

Nausea and vomiting are experienced by up to 85% of women during early pregnancy.1 Antiemetics are available for the management of these symptoms, but many do not bring satisfactory relief to all women,2 and there are concerns about potential teratogenic effects during the critical early stage of pregnancy. Consequently, many women look to other treatments to help manage their symptoms. Ginger has long been used to treat health complaints such as nausea. It is on the US Food and Drug Administration's3 list of safe herbal preparations and is listed in German and European monographs …

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