Searching for evidence to support the use of ginger in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

Paolo Bossi, D. L. Cortinovis, Maria Cossu Rocca, F. Roila, P. Seminara, Alessandra Fabi, Stefania Canova, Elena Verri, S. Fatigoni, Alessandro Iannace, Fabio Macchi, Carla Ida Ripamonti

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Patients with cancer frequently use dietary supplementation and herbal therapies to control symptoms of disease and adverse effects of cancer therapy. Despite the widespread use of dietary supplementation and herbal therapies in oncology, robust scientific evidence in this area is lacking. Not only do these products need to be tested in large and well-designed observational or randomized studies, but their manufacturing process must be improved to achieve higher levels of standardization in product quality. Ginger is frequently used to counteract chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), and some suggestions that it might be effective against CINV come from randomized and/or crossover clinical trials. However, several limitations in the methods of these studies limit their power and generalizability. The authors are conducting a randomized, double-blind study with a large sample size and homogeneous inclusion criteria in order to evaluate the efficacy of a well-standardized ginger extract in reducing nausea in patients with cancer. The widespread use of standardized herbal therapies and natural components among patients requires that scientific and rigorous research strategies are applied in this field to guide the physicians and the patients in safer use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-488
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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