Ginger root--a new antiemetic. The effect of ginger root on postoperative nausea and vomiting after major gynaecological surgery

Anaesthesia. 1990 Aug;45(8):669-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1990.tb14395.x.


The effectiveness of ginger (Zingiber officinale) as an antiemetic agent was compared with placebo and metoclopramide in 60 women who had major gynaecological surgery in a double-blind, randomised study. There were statistically significantly fewer recorded incidences of nausea in the group that received ginger root compared with placebo (p less than 0.05). The number of incidences of nausea in the groups that received either ginger root or metoclopramide were similar. The administration of antiemetic after operation was significantly greater in the placebo group compared to the other two groups (p less than 0.05).

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Analgesics / therapeutic use
  • Antiemetics / therapeutic use*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / surgery
  • Humans
  • Metoclopramide / therapeutic use
  • Middle Aged
  • Nausea / prevention & control*
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Time Factors
  • Vomiting / prevention & control*


  • Analgesics
  • Antiemetics
  • Metoclopramide