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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.

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    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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    Ginger for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy

     Researchers at Shahid Beheshti Medical Science University in Tehran, Iran report it was effective.

    First, the details.

    • 67 pregnant women with nausea and vomiting were randomly assigned to treatment.
      • Ginger 250 mg capsules for 4 days
      • A placebo group.
    • The groups were matched for age, gestational age, parity, occupational status, and educational level.
    • The patients were not aware of the treatment given — single-blind.

    And, the results.

    • The women were in their 20s and at 13 weeks gestation.
    • They had a history of about 1.6 prior deliveries.
    • The ginger users demonstrated a significantly higher rate of improvement (85%) vs placebo (56%).
    • There was a significant decrease in the number of vomiting episodes among those taking ginger (50%) vs the placebo (9%).

    The bottom line?
    These results support the conclusions in an earlier review of ginger use during pregnancy.

    3/2/09 21:51 JR

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