The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    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, 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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    Ginger for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy

    Although early studies were negative, Dr. Brent Bauer at the Mayo Clinic summarized 2 studies that support its use.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Participants took ginger by mouth for 3 days prior to starting chemotherapy.
    • Ginger was taken in addition to a standard medication prescribed to reduce nausea and vomiting.
    • A small number of participants reported side effects: heartburn, bruising, flushing, and rash.
    • In another study, ginger root powder reduced the severity of chemotherapy-induced nausea in children and young adults ages 8 to 21.
    • Ginger in this study was also given along with standard anti-nausea medications.

    The bottom line?

    Dr. Bauer concluded, “Many prescription drugs have been proved effective at controlling nausea during and after chemotherapy. Ask your doctor if combining ginger and anti-nausea medications might be right for you.”

    9/18/11 19:15 JR

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