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01 May 2012

Ginger reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea

This study looked at the effects of Ginger against both acute and delayed forms of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in a population with advanced breast cancer as the main malignancy. 100 women who were initially assigned to standard chemotherapy protocol with docetaxel, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide (the TEC regimen) were randomized to receive Ginger (1.5 g/d in 3 divided doses every 8 hours) plus standard antiemetic regimen (granisetron plus dexamethasone; the Ginger group) or standard antiemetic regimen alone (control group). The duration of treatment with ginger was specified to 4 days from the initiation of chemotherapy. The results showed a significantly lower prevalence of nausea in the Ginger group during 6 to 24 hours postchemotherapy.

Panahi Y, Saadat A, Sahebkar A, Hashemian F, Taghikhani M, Abolhasani E. Effect of Ginger on Acute and Delayed Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting: A Pilot, Randomized, Open-Label Clinical Trial. Integr Cancer Ther. 2012 Feb 7. [Epub ahead of print]