A study Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that one gram per day of ginger root can help control morning sickness, characterized by nausea and vomiting in the first few months of pregnancy.

For more than 20 years, a drug called Benedictine was the only effective remedy for morning sickness. Lawyers who know nothing about medicine or statistics, do know about the value of intimidation; so many filed suits, even though there is no evidence anywhere that Benedictine causes birth defects. As far as I know, Merrill-Dow, the manufacturer of Benedictine, never lost a case, but they withdrew the drug anyway. For the last 10 years, women with morning sickness have had no medication to help them. But this recent study shows that one gram per day of ginger root effectively controlled morning sickness of pregnancy.

Ginger for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy: Randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial. T Vutyavanich, T Kraisarin, RA Ruangsri. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2001, Vol 97, Iss 4, pp 577-582Address: Vutyavanich T, Chiang Mai Univ, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Fac Med, Chiang Mai 50200, THAILAND

Checked 9/3/05

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