Ginger For Nausea: Does It Work?

Ginger, commonly used as a spice or herb, has been famous for its medicinal benefits since time immemorial. It consists of bioactive compounds and nutrients that make it one of the most healthiest ingredients that can be converted into powders, juices and oils, either from dried or fresh ginger. 

One of ginger’s most proven and spoken about health benefits is its ability to cure nausea. Doctors recommend a limit of 3 to 4 grams of the herb’s extract per day, but studies offer differing advice. Some studies have used 170 mg of ginger extracts, while others have broken down 2,000 mg into smaller doses. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers ginger to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS) in small doses. Higher doses can lead to mild effects on the gastrointestinal system such as diarrhea, stomach pain and heartburn. Ginger can be added to tea, essential oils and consumed in crystallized forms. Here are some conditions the spice may help relieve, though more research is still needed. 


As for the majority of pregnant women who experience nausea, the side effects are lower in women taking a tablet of less than 1,500 mg per day. Consuming 1,000 mg of ginger capsules reduce morning sickness and nausea for pregnant women during week 13, according to one study conducted on 67 women. 

Women who have experienced miscarriages in the past and are slowly nearing labor should not take high doses of ginger extract for it could increase bleeding, said another review of 12 studies.  

Motion Sickness

Nausea accompanies motion sickness that occurs during boat and car rides. Ginger helps by keeping the blood pressure constant and ensures the digestive system remains stable, as both factors reduce nausea. 

A study based on 13 people who have suffered from motion sickness in the past was conducted by giving the subjects 1 or 2 grams of ginger prior to a preplanned motion sickness test. It reduced nausea and digestive problems. However, this research is inconsistent with recent studies. More investigation into the health benefits of ginger on motion sickness is needed. 

Gastrointestinal Disorders

People coping with irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS) are sometimes relieved with the help of ginger. Taking ginger tablets of 1,500 mg in several doses across the day helps escape indigestion and bloating. It also helps to empty the stomach faster in this manner. This prevents the nausea as a result of gastrointestinal problems.  


Nausea is a side effect of chemotherapy in 76 percent of people receiving the treatment. The powdered ginger roots help alleviate some of the nausea as well as vomiting during post chemotherapy sessions.

Ginger Root Galangal root is similar to ginger in many aspects, except that it has a more peppery taste. Photo courtesy of Pixabay, public domain