Understanding chemotherapy induced Nausea and how Ginger can help

Nausea is a subjective unpleasant feeling in the back of your throat and stomach that may lead to vomiting. A specific location in the brain controls emesis (vomiting), called the vomiting center. Emesis occurs when the vomiting center receives a signal from the brain, the gastrointestinal tract, the heart and/or the inner ear, which detects motion. Chemotherapy causes the release of a substance called serotonin (5-HT), and of other chemicals in the small intestine, which through a series of signals stimulate the vomiting center in your brain to induce emesis.

Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely to cause nausea and vomiting than other others. Doctors classify chemo drugs according to their emetogenic potential (how likely the drug will cause nausea or vomiting) as high, moderate, low, or minimal risk. Drugs can be used to help control and even prevent nausea and vomiting depending on this risk. But you can also relay on the powers and benefits of ginger to ease this uncomfortable side effect.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. It originated in South-East Asia and then used in many countries as a spice and condiment to add flavor to food. Ginger contains many healthy essential oils such as gingerol, zingerone, shagaol and citral.

The health-promoting perspective of ginger is attributed to its rich phytochemistry. It has long been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.

  • Some evidence indicates that ginger may help relieve pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting.
  • Ginger may help to control nausea related to cancer chemotherapy when used in addition to conventional anti-nausea medication.
  • Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis.
  • The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal (GI) irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production, and suppress gastric contractions as food and fluids move through the GI tract.


Common forms of ginger include the fresh or dried root, tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, and teas.

The United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider ginger to be a food additive that is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth appropriately.

The health benefits of ginger have suggested a variety of powerful therapeutic and preventive effects and has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of hundreds of ailments from colds to cancer.

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