Ginger has a long history as an herbal remedy for upset stomach, motion sickness, and loss of appetite and as a pungent spice for cooking. Some controlled studies in humans show ginger reduces nausea and vomiting from some causes. Most clinical studies of ginger have tested the use of this herb for nausea associated with pregnancy or following surgery. Tests of how well it might relieve nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy are still going on.
There are a number of conventional medicines for the nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Available scientific evidence does not support claims that ginger can add to the effectiveness of these medicines. But some people with cancer find that the taste or aroma of beverages and foods with ginger helps soothe their nausea.
Great news, ginger lovers!
This majestic culinary darling does way more than help with nausea and upset stomach. Way more.
Recently, a milestone study found that ginger actually fights several species of drug-resistant bacteria. It is well documented in studies for shrinking tumors in mice with hard to treat cancers.
Here we have yet another study on ginger's mighty effects against a relentless cancer.
Shogaol, specifically 6-Shogaol, was the subject of a 2013 Chinese study, in vitro and in vivo. “In the petri dish” and “in the living being.
Shogaol is a compound in ginger that not only inhibited leukemia growth, but also caused leukemia cell apoptosis – aka programmed cell death, aka cell suicide.
Cell apoptosis in healthy cells would be worrisome, but is ideal for stopping cancer growth. The wonderful thing is, the compound, which is found in a variety of ginger species, did not harm healthy cells nor did it cause side …
But despite all of this, it is very important to remember that the process for a substance to be considered a viable option in the treatment of sick people is a long and tedious one. There are still scores of research yet to be done, leading up to the first controlled human tests.
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