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How does ginger help ease nausea from chemotherapy?

Dr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
A randomized clinical trial has confirmed what many people suspect -- that ginger can decrease nausea caused by chemotherapy. The mechanism underlying ginger's purported antiemetic activity is unknown, but there is speculation of a direct effect on the gastrointestinal tract, and one involving the central nervous system cannot be ruled out either since several of ginger's components antagonize serotonin type 3 receptors. In vitro studies (cell studies) suggest that ginger may produce its anti-inflammatory effect by inhibiting arachidonic acid metabolism in both the cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase pathways.

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