The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    How might ginger settle your stomach?

    A cup of ginger tea might settle an upset stomach, but little is known about how it actually works.

    First, the details.

    • 24 healthy volunteers were studied.
    • After an 8-hour fast, they swallowed 3 ginger capsules (total 1200 mg) or placebo, followed after 1 hour by 500 mL of a low-nutrient soup.
    • All volunteers took both treatments.

    And, the results.

    • Antral area (related to the sense of feeling full) decreased significantly more rapidly with ginger.
    • The gastric half-emptying time (time to pass half of a meal through the stomach) was significantly less after ginger.
    • The frequency of antral contractions was significantly greater with ginger.
    • Fundus dimensions (bottom of the stomach) did not differ.
    • There was no significant difference in any gastrointestinal symptoms.

    The bottom line?
    Ginger accelerated gastric emptying and stimulates antral contractions in healthy volunteers. The authors concluded, “These effects could potentially be beneficial in symptomatic patient groups.”

    Maybe, but not in this group.

    6/12/08 21:24 JR

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