The topic of ginger research and pregnancy may be of particular interest to you if you (or your wife) are expecting a baby and are a ginger fan, as well!
Around the world, we are becoming increasingly interested in and attracted to alternative therapies for health and healing.
And, scientific research focused on the benefits of teas and herbal tisanes is becoming more and more prevalent, providing additional support for the traditional herbal wisdom that has been passed down through many generations.
Here is more recent research about ginger for expecting moms (you can find our previous page about research examining ginger during pregnancy here).
Or, if you're not really interested in the research side of things and would rather just read about ginger tea for health, please visit our Benefits of Ginger Tea pages.
Another study examining ginger's benefits for pregnant women experiencing vomiting and nausea took place in 2001 at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.
Sixty-seven women took part in this randomized study and, for 4 days, received either 1g ginger or a placebo.
For each participant, the number of vomiting episodes and severity of nausea were recorded for the 24 hours before treatment and also during the 4 days of treatment.
Symptom severity was measured again at a follow-up visit after 7 days.
On all measures, ginger proved to be a more effective treatment than the placebo for easing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, and no significant side effects were experienced from the ginger treatment.
Ginger was found to be as effective as dimenhydrinate for treating pregnancy nausea and vomiting - with fewer side effects - in a study at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thammasat University in Thailand in 2005.
The 170 pregnant women who participated in this research were randomly assigned to either group A or group B.
Those in group A received 0.5 grams ginger powder twice per day for seven days, while those in group B were given 50 mg dimenhydrinate twice daily for seven days.
Dimenhydrinate (which is also known by various trade names, such as Gravol, Dramamine, Amosyt, Antimo, etc.) is an over-the-counter medication used to treat nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness.
Study results indicated that ginger and dimenhydrinate were both effective in reducing pregnancy nausea and vomiting.
The ginger group experienced more vomiting than the dimenhydrinate group during the first two days of treatment, after which there was no difference in vomiting episodes between the two groups. Also, 77.6% of the dimenhydrinate group reported drowsiness as a side effect after treatment, as compared to 5.9% of the ginger group.
If you'd like to read the research abstract for this study, you can find it here.
An Australian study published in 2003 also examined the effect of ginger on nausea and vomiting experienced by pregnant women.
The 120 pregnant women who participated in this study had experienced morning sickness symptoms each day for at least one week and were unable to find relief through changes to diet.
After being randomly assigned to one of two groups, the women were given either 125 mg ginger extract or a placebo four times per day for 4 days, according to their assigned group.
After the first treatment day, those in the ginger group experienced substantially less nausea and less retching, as well, than the placebo group, and this effect continued for each treatment day.
The researchers also followed up on the pregnancies, and noted that all of the study participants' babies were within normal ranges for Apgar scores, birth weights, gestation periods, and occurrence of congenital abnormalities.
This study took place at the University of South Wales, Royal Hospital for Women, in Australia. You can learn more about this research here.
Keep reading... There is more research about ginger tea benefits here.
As more and more moms- and dads-to-be consider natural alternatives for helping to support the pregnancy journey, information provided by traditional herbal medicine and recent scientific research about the benefits and potential risks of teas and herbal tisanes becomes even more important.
Whether you're pregnant or not, it's important for your health and your family's, as well, to stay informed about the teas in your tea stash, whether you enjoy them as hot or iced beverages or take advantage of their topical benefits in tea baths, compresses, or therapeutic steams.
And, of course, please always consult with your healthcare provider before adding any teas or herbal tisanes to your daily routine during pregnancy. She or he will be able to help with any questions you have about ginger research and pregnancy, and the safety and benefits of other herbs and spices, too, while you're expecting and breastfeeding.