Antiemetic efficacy of ginger (Zingiber officinale) against cisplatin-induced emesis in dogs

J Ethnopharmacol. 1997 Jul;57(2):93-6. doi: 10.1016/s0378-8741(97)00054-8.


Effect of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe, Zingiberaceae) extracts (acetone, 50% ethanolic and aqueous) were investigated for antiemetic activity against emesis induced by 3 mg/kg cisplatin (the 100% emetic dose i.v.) in-healthy mongrel dogs. The acetone and 50% ethanolic extract at the doses of 25, 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg p.o. exhibited significant protection while aqueous extract at these doses was ineffective against cisplatin emesis. The acetone extract was more effective than ethanolic extract. However, both were less effective when compared to 5-HT3 receptors antagonist-granisetron. Neither of the ginger extract was effective against apomorphine-induced emesis. The findings suggest that ginger could be an effective and cheap antiemetic adjunct to cancer chemotherapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antiemetics / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Cisplatin / adverse effects*
  • Dogs
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Female
  • Male
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Spices*
  • Vomiting / chemically induced
  • Vomiting / prevention & control*


  • Antiemetics
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Plant Extracts
  • Cisplatin