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Ginger

  • By Marita

    I have found chewing crystallised ginger at the beginning of an attack of aura migraine shortens the attack and relieves the symptoms and after effects.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Marita,

    That’s great – thank you for sharing that with us!!

    I just made some ginger cookies for the holidays that had crystallized ginger in them. I didn’t need all of it and will try using one for my next migraine attack!

    Nancy

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  • By Batch

    The following is old news, but it may be helpful to migraineurs who haven’t tried ginger.

    Comparison between the efficacy of ginger and sumatriptan in the ablative treatment of the common migraine.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23657930

    Abstract

    Frequency and torment caused by migraines direct patients toward a variety of remedies. Few studies to date have proposed ginger derivates for migraine relief. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of ginger in the ablation of common migraine attack in comparison to sumatriptan therapy. In this double-blinded randomized clinical trial, 100 patients who had acute migraine without aura were randomly allocated to receive either ginger powder or sumatriptan. Time of headache onset, its severity, time interval from headache beginning to taking drug and patient self-estimation about response for five subsequent migraine attacks were recorded by patients. Patients(,) satisfaction from treatment efficacy and their willingness to continue it was also evaluated after 1 month following intervention. Two hours after using either drug, mean headaches severity decreased significantly. Efficacy of ginger powder and sumatriptan was similar. Clinical adverse effects of ginger powder were less than sumatriptan. Patients’ satisfaction and willingness to continue did not differ. The effectiveness of ginger powder in the treatment of common migraine attacks is statistically comparable to sumatriptan. Ginger also poses a better side effect profile than sumatriptan.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Batch,

    Thank you for sharing that with us. Ginger is commonly used for upset stomach/nausea during a migraine attacks. It helps calm my stomach.

    Thanks again,
    Nancy

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  • By glassmind

    I have tried ginger as an abortive and to treat the nausea and vomiting that I get with migraine. Personally, it was ineffective. I have had ginger be effective for non-mingraine nausea (indigestion, seasickness, etc). It just fails me for migraine. Alas

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi glassmind,

    Thank you for sharing that with us. I can tell you ginger won’t stop the migraine attack process, but may help some with nausea and upset stomach.

    Nancy

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