Using Ginger for Migraines

Ginger as a Migraine Therapy
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Ginger, a plant native to southeast Asia, is a common herbal supplement and used as a home remedy for migraine relief.

Let's learn more about the science behind ginger as a migraine therapy and whether it's something you should try.

Is Ginger Effective in Alleviating Migraines?

Possibly. In a 2014 study published in Phytotherapy Research, 100 participants with migraine without aura were blindly given either ginger powder at a dose of 250mg, or sumatriptan, at a dose of 50mg, at the onset of five subsequent headaches.

Two hours after treatment, 70 percent of the sumatriptan-treated participants and 64 percent of the ginger-treated patients had at least a 90 percent decrease in their headache severity. So essentially, sumatriptan and ginger powder were found to be similar in their effect on migraine relief.

An additional finding in the study was that ginger powder had less reported side effects than sumatriptan.

Another 2005 study in Medical Science Monitor found that taking a combination pill of ginger and feverfew alleviated mild headache pain in nearly 50 percent of the 30 study participants after two hours.

Where Can I Find Ginger?

Ginger can be consumed as a powder in tea or in fresh form. Be careful not to consume excessive amounts and check in with your doctor too before taking any supplements.

Read Migraine Drinks to Soothe Your Head Pain to see how you can add ginger to a yummy drink recipe.

Are There Additional Benefits to Ginger?

Ginger is also a popular treatment for nausea, which is commonly associated with migraines.

What Does This All Mean?

Ginger may be a reasonable alternative treatment to alleviating migraines, but the scientific evidence is not quite there yet. More studies need to be done to really determine its effectiveness.

That being said, if drinking ginger tea works for you, than by all means continue it — it's a seemingly harmless means of treating your migraine.

Sources:

Cady RK, Schreiber CP, Beach ME, & Hart CC. Gelstat Migraine (sublingually administered feverfew and ginger compound) for acute treatment of migraine when administered during the mild pain phase. Med Sci Monit. 11(9):P165-9.

Maghbooli M, Golipour F, Esfandabadi A M & Yousefi M. Comparison between the efficacy of ginger and sumatriptan in the ablative treatment of the common migraine. Phytother Res. 2014 Mar;28(3):412-5.

University of Maryland. (2013). Migraine Headaches. Retrieved October 4th 2015.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this site is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for personal care by a licensed physician. Please see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of any concerning symptoms or medical condition.

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