Some people drink ginger ale or ginger tea or take powdered ginger
capsules to try to prevent motion sickness.
Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) has long
been regarded in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for several
conditions, including stomachache and nausea. Ginger may be eaten in raw or
candied forms, taken as a powder in capsules, or consumed as a tea.
Although many people report that ginger prevents or eases their
nausea from motion sickness, evidence is conflicting.1
More studies showing a benefit will be needed before ginger can be regarded as
effective against motion sickness. In the meantime, ginger is considered safe
Murray MT (2013). Zingiber officinale (ginger). In JE Pizzorno, MT Murray, eds., Textbook of Natural Medicine, 4th ed., pp. 1147–1153. St. Louis: Elsevier.
March 15, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
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