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What other names is Ginger known by?

African Ginger, Amomum Zingiber, Ardraka, Black Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Gan Jiang, Gingembre, Gingembre Africain, Gingembre Cochin, Gingembre Indien, Gingembre Jamaïquain, Gingembre Noir, Ginger Essential Oil, Ginger Root, Huile Essentielle de Gingembre, Imber, Indian Ginger, Jamaica Ginger, Jengibre, Jiang, Kankyo, Kanshokyo, Nagara, Race Ginger, Racine de Gingembre, Rhizoma Zingiberi, Rhizoma Zingiberis, Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens, Shen Jiang, Sheng Jiang, Shoga, Shokyo, Shunthi, Srungavera, Sunth, Sunthi, Vishvabheshaja, Zingiber Officinale, Zingiberis Rhizoma, Zingiberis Siccatum Rhizoma, Zinzeberis, Zinziber Officinale, Zinziber Officinalis.

What is Ginger?

Ginger is an herb. The rhizome (underground stem) is used to make medicine.

Is Ginger effective?

There is some scientific evidence that ginger can prevent motion sickness and seasickness.

Ginger might also help prevent morning sickness, but it should not be used for this purpose. The safety of ginger in pregnancy has not been proven.

There is also evidence that ginger can relieve joint pain and help movement in people who have rheumatoid arthritis. But ginger doesn't seem to be helpful for people with another kind of arthritis called osteoarthritis.

There isn't enough information to know if ginger is effective for the other conditions people use it for including: upset stomach, loss of appetite, colds, flu, and others.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Nausea and vomiting following surgery.
  • Preventing dizziness.
  • Preventing morning sickness, after discussing the possible risks with your healthcare provider.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Preventing motion sickness and seasickness.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, loss of appetite, colds, flu, migraine headache, preventing nausea caused by chemotherapy, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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