Vertigo-reducing effect of ginger root. A controlled clinical study

ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 1986;48(5):282-6. doi: 10.1159/000275883.


The effect of powdered ginger root (Zingiber officinale) upon vertigo and nystagmus following caloric stimulation of the vestibular system was studied in 8 healthy volunteers in a double-blind crossover placebo trial. The results reported are based upon 48 vertigo scores and 48 electronystagmograms. Ginger root reduced the induced vertigo significantly better than did placebo. There was no statistically significant action upon the duration or the maximum slow phase velocity of nystagmus.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Electronystagmography
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nystagmus, Physiologic / drug effects
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Random Allocation
  • Time Factors
  • Vertigo / etiology
  • Vertigo / prevention & control*


  • Plant Extracts