A new medical study offers good news for expectant mothers facing the difficult choice of treating the nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy with things like soda, crackers or crushed ice, which are only marginally helpful, or trying prescription or over-the-counter medications, which may have potential side effects.
The September/October issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine features results from a new double-blind, placebo-controlled, and hospital-based study conducted by obstetricians Angela Keating, M.D. and Ronald Chez, M.D., which indicates that Ginger Honey Tonic, a potency-assured formulation manufactured by New Chapter, Inc., is a safe and effective way to treat nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness.
In an article entitled, "Ginger Syrup as an Antiemetic in Early Pregnancy," Dr. Keating and Dr. Chez summarize results of a study they conducted over a six-month period with women ages 24-37 in their first twelve weeks on pregnancy. In the study, women were chosen at random to use New Chapters Ginger Honey Tonic or a "placebo" syrup. Neither group of women was aware of the use of the placebo product. They were asked to rate their symptoms and how they felt on a 10-point scale at regular intervals The study found significant reductions in both nausea and vomiting in the group using the Ginger Honey Tonic vs. the placebo-control group. For example, 77% of the Ginger Honey Tonic group experienced a dramatic 4-point or greater improvement on the nausea scale within 9 days. These findings led the researchers to conclude that "1 g of ginger in syrup or capsules ingested daily in divided doses appears to be a reasonable and safe option in the treatment of nausea in early pregnancy." Equally important, there were no contraindications to the suggested use of New Chapters Ginger Honey Tonic during pregnancy.
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