Ginger Essential Oil (Zingiber officinale) has a warm, spicy fragrance that is energizing. Ginger essential oil is supportive of the digestive system and is commonly used to soothe, comfort, and balance digestive discomfort. It may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Ginger has an approximate ORAC of 992,571 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
Historical Data: Traditionally used to alleviate nausea and the effects of motion sickness. Women in the West African country of Senegal weave belts of ginger root to restore their mates' sexual potency.
Wellness Solutions: Ginger may be used for alcoholism, loss of appetite, arthritis, rheumatism, chills, respiratory infections, congestion, coughs, digestive disorders, infectious diseases, muscular aches/pains/sprains, rheumatism, sinusitis, and sore thoats.
Researchers in India have conducted a clinical trial investigating the effects of ginger root on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), a common side effect of cancer treatment. The authors of the study concluded that ginger, long regarded as a soothing digestive aid, may also support the treatment of CINV, and may have other exciting wellness benefits. Read more in the attachment below.
Application: For dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as soy or rice milk. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
Fragrance: Ginger is gentle, stimulating, endowing physical energy and courage.
Ginger for chemotherapy-related nausea in cancer patients: A URCC CCOP randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 644 cancer patients. Citation: J Clin Oncol 27:15s, 2009 (suppl; abstr 9511) Abstract No: 9511. Author(s): J. L. Ryan, C. Heckler, S. R. Dakhil, J. Kirshner, P. J. Flynn, J. T. Hickok, G. R. Morrow; University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY; Wichita CCOP, Witchita, KS; HOACNY CCOP, Syracuse, NY; Metro-MN CCOP, St. Louis Park, MN.
Background: Despite the widespread use of antiemetics, post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting continue to be reported by up to 70% of patients receiving chemotherapy. Ginger (Zingiber Officinale), an ancient spice, is used by practitioners worldwide to treat nausea and vomiting. We conducted a multi-site, phase II/III randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial to assess the efficacy of ginger for chemotherapy-related nausea in cancer patients at the University of Rochester-affiliated Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) member sites.
Methods: Cancer patients who experienced nausea following any chemotherapy cycle and were scheduled to receive at least three additional cycles were eligible. Patients were randomized into four arms: 1) placebo, 2) 0.5g ginger, 3) 1.0g ginger, or 4) 1.5g ginger. All patients received 5-HT3 receptor antagonist antiemetics on Day 1 of all cycles and took three 250mg capsules of ginger or placebo twice daily for six days starting three days before the first day of the next two cycles. Patients reported the severity of nausea during the morning, afternoon, evening, and night on a 7-point semantic rating scale ('1' = 'Not at all Nauseated' and '7' = "Extremely Nauseated") for Days 1-4 of each cycle. The goal was to determine if ginger was more effective than placebo in controlling chemotherapy-related nausea in participants given a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist antiemetic.
Results: A total of 644 patients were accrued (90% female, mean age = 53). Breast (66%), alimentary (6.5%), and lung (6.1%) cancers were the most common cancer types. Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) examined change in nausea in the four study arms on Day 1 of cycles 2 and 3. All doses of ginger significantly reduced nausea (p=0.003). The largest reduction in nausea occurred with 0.5g and 1.0g of ginger. Also, time of day had a significant effect on nausea (p<0.001) with a linear decrease over 24 hours for patients using ginger. Conclusions: Ginger supplementation at daily dose of 0.5g-1.0g significantly aids in reduction of nausea during the first day of chemotherapy. Supported by NCI PHS grants 1R25CA10618 and U10CA37420.
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