Ginger May Alleviate Pain in Primary Dysmenorrhea

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Ginger appears to reduce  pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea.
Ginger appears to reduce pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea.

(HealthDay News) — Ginger is effective for reducing pain in individuals with primary dysmenorrhea, according to a review published in Pain Medicine.

James W. Daily, PhD, from Daily Manufacturing Inc. in Rockwell, North Carolina, and colleagues conducted a systematic review to examine the effectiveness of ginger in treating primary dysmenorrhea. 

Seven studies that used ginger as a treatment for primary dysmenorrhea met the specific selection criteria. Meta-analysis included the four randomized controlled trials that compared the therapeutic efficacy of ginger with placebo during the first 3 to 4 days of the menstrual cycle.

Ginger had a significant effect in reducing pain visual analog score in individuals with primary dysmenorrhea (risk ratio, −1.85), the researchers found. Low to moderate risk of bias was seen in six of seven randomized controlled trials.

"Collectively these [randomized controlled trials] provide suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of 750 to 2,000 mg ginger powder during the first three to four days of the menstrual cycle for primary dysmenorrhea," the authors write.

One author is president of Daily Manufacturing, a manufacturer of dietary supplements.

Reference

  1. Daily JW et al. Pain Med. 2015;doi:10.1111/pme.12853.
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