If you ever suffer from nausea, you may turn to ginger to fight the awful feeling. Well, for years, conventional medicine thought the drug companies could outdo nature. So they created Bendectin. The target audience for this drug was pregnant women. But anyone with nausea could take it.
Women very close to me used the chemical. Then, several years ago, they stopped producing it because it possibly caused birth defects. I know most Second Opinion readers are beyond reproductive years. But you know that nausea, especially the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, is awful. What gets me is why any doctor would use a synthetic chemical for anything when natural compounds made by God do it at no risk. And especially when the risk is greatest in pregnancy.
Well, researchers are still trying to find a better cure for nausea than ginger. In a recent study, researchers compared ginger to an antihistamine for the problem. In the study, they randomized 170 pregnant women to take either a capsule of ginger powder (0.5 gm) or dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) (50 mg) twice daily for each. Here's what they found.
There was no difference in the effectiveness of the two. Furthermore, only 5.88% of those taking the ginger powder suffered drowsiness. A whopping 77.64% taking the drug suffered the well-known "side" effect.
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There's no excuse for Pharma or physicians peddling any chemical to pregnant women. And especially when such a terrific natural alternative exists. Ginger has been around for millennia. It's renowned for its stomach soothing properties.
Ginger isn't just for pregnant women. It will be impossible to beat for safety, if not effectiveness for nausea and vomiting from most any source. So if you suffer from nausea, make sure you have some ginger around. Ginger tea is fantastic. Or you can use some all-natural ginger ale sweetened with Stevia.
"A randomized comparison of ginger and dimenhydrinate in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy," Pongrojpaw D, Somprasit C, et al, J Med Assoc Thai, 2007; 90(9): 1703-9.