Herbal Supplements

Peer Reviewed

Ginger OilGinger (ginger root) comes from 'ginger rhizome' - the root.

In herbal preparations it is used to cleanse the colon (bowel disorders), stimulate circulation, and to reduce the symptoms of motion, morning, and seasickness. It may relieve dizziness, sweating, nausea, headache, fever, cold/flu symptoms, and pain (i.e. arthritis, menstrual cramps). Ginger is a strong antioxidant with antimicrobial properties used to treat sores and wounds.

Ginger that is grated and sprinkled over selected portions of a meal may enhance appetite.

Ginger is available in the following forms: fresh ginger root, crystallized ginger, extracts, tinctures, capsules, and oils. To determine the amount of ginger per dose, purchase products with proper labeling.

Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.

Excessive amounts of ginger may cause heartburn or stomach distress.

Do not use ginger if any of the following exist: diabetes, gallstones, taking anticoagulants (i.e. warfarin), or heart medication.

Ginger is not recommended for extended use during pregnancy.

As with any vitamin, herb, or supplement, always consult a medical professional prior to incorporating these substances into your diet.

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.

Updated on: 03/21/16
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Vincent Traynelis, MD
Although many patients describe improvement in their condition after taking one of the supplements previously described, the Editorial Board is unable to endorse these supplements, as there is insufficient peer reviewed research available. Hopefully the role of these compounds will be better understood once more scientific research is compiled.
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