Moms who give their kids ginger ale to soothe upset tummies may find this as no surprise: Ginger may help relieve the nausea of cancer chemotherapy.
In the largest study to date evaluating the benefits of ginger for patients undergoing chemotherapy, as little as one-quarter of a teaspoon of ginger cut symptoms of nausea by 40%.
Despite the use of traditional anti-nausea drugs, about 70% of people who undergo chemotherapy experience nausea and vomiting, according to researcher Julie Ryan, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology and radiation oncology at the University of Rochester.
“Patients undergoing chemotherapy often ask if there is anything more they can do,” says ASCO incoming President Douglas Blayney, MD, of the University of Michigan.
“Here’s a simple intervention that can be used along with standard [nausea drugs],” he tells WebMD. Blayney did not work on the study.
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