Who doesn’t love the warm, spicy scent of ginger? Oh wait, if you are reading this you have migraine so any scent may be unpleasant.
For centuries, this spice has been used to treat several ailments, but its use has become more popular since a study was done in 2014 showing that taking 1/8 of a teaspoon of ginger was as effective as sumatriptan (Imitrex) in relieving acute migraine pain. That’s right – the spice sitting in your cabinet was as effective as the expensive, often-rationed triptan that is associated with significant side effects for many people seeking relief. Click here for a 3-minute video about the studies.
I placed my container of McCormack ginger on my counter to remind me to try it instead of my precious few sumatriptan tablets. When the time came I gave it a try but was disappointed that it didn’t work. So, I assumed my ginger lost its potency and bought a new container to try. It didn’t work. Fresh ginger didn’t work either. This trial was done over a year ago and I’m ready to try it again. While it didn’t give me the relief I was looking for, I enjoyed the flavor and the heat from the beverage. Please do not let my initial experience dissuade you from trying it for yourself.
I have heard of others that have had success with using ginger for nausea associated with migraine. It seems that many people with nausea and vomiting from a variety of conditions find some relief with this spice. Some people mix it in water and some people take it in capsules. The short video linked here reviews studies showing ginger to be effective for nausea, menstrual cramps and irritable bowel syndrome.
Please leave comments below if you decide to give it a try.