Looking at Ginger for migraines

Ginger has long, long been used for nausea, upset stomach, and diarrhea. We often use it for migraine nausea but now I am thinking maybe even migraine related diarrhea.

The study in my image references comparing ginger (Given in power form) compared to a triptan (sumatriptan) and found them similarly to abort a migraine within 2 hours.

Ginger for migraine

I use these two products. Gravol is a Canadian company that has a great product on their own but they also have this natural product. This one is ginger and willow barks. I actually use many things for my nausea. From peppermint tea, ginger, my medication, and actual Gravol. Because my nausea to date caused me 25 pounds in weight loss. It is unhealthy and I’ll manage it any way that I can. Gin-gin candies, by the way, are delicious. I just suck on them when I am nauseated.


Migraine.com referenced a different study than I did and here it is:

One over-the-counter remedy containing ginger and feverfew is called GelStat Migraine. The product is applied and absorbed under the tongue, for faster delivery. GelStat’s makers say sublingual treatments take eight minutes to reach their peak level in the body, compared to 70 minutes for a tablet or capsule. One study of 40 migraine sufferers released at the 2006 American Academy of Neurology annual meeting compared GelStat with an inactive placebo. Here are the results:

  • Some pain relief after two hours : GelStat 65%, Placebo 36%
  • Complete freedom from pain at two hours : GelStat 19%, Placebo 7%

Here are the listed side effects Migraine.com mentioned.

  • Gas, belching
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Irritation or bad taste in the mouth
  • Heartburn

I haven’t had any issue at all, to be honest.

The list of who couldn’t take it should be noted, however.

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding
  • People with gallstones, ulcers and IBD
  • Those with weakened immune systems
  • May increase risk of bleeding with blood thinners
  • May increase side effects of drowsiness and slowed thinking
  • May interfere or interact with heart medications, vasodilators, or drugs that are broken down by the liver
  • May interfere or interact with drugs for nausea, vomiting, arthritis, blood disorders, high cholesterol, blood pressure, allergies, cancer, inflammation, stomach acid or weight loss

And here lies the problem because it may interact with Your Nausea med. So there is that. In my case I may have an ulcer so I should be careful as well I suppose. So if you take ginger to treat your nausea I’d be cautious about it and not be taking it with your regular nausea med without discussing that with your doctor.

As for it easing symptoms. I have used it in addition to some of the other things I do. Like ice, Magnesium oil and meditation… and I have eased my pain quite a bit when I combo pack these things.

See also:

Magnesium and migraine

A review: fibrocane

Essential oils: Lavender for migraine
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