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Ginger Root for an Upset Stomach

| By Diane Marks
Ginger Root for an Upset Stomach
Ginger has been used for over 2,000 years medically. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

An upset stomach, or dyspepsia, is a common condition that can make you stomach feel queasy, produce nausea and vomiting, according to MayoClinic.com. An upset stomach can be caused by various conditions, such as an infection, eating greasy foods or producing too much acid in the stomach. Ginger root has been used in China for more than 2,000 years to treat digestive issues, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Ginger has not been evaluated by the FDA for effectiveness or quantity and needs to be used under the direction of a doctor.

Consideration

While an upset stomach is a common condition, the condition should transpire in isolated incidents and should not turn into a chronic issue. An upset stomach that causes nausea and vomiting needs to be assessed by a physician. Excessive vomiting can lead to dehydration and other complications. If you've been vomiting for more than 24 hours or notice blood in the vomit, call your doctor. Other symptoms of a more serious condition include a headache, stiff neck or severe abdominal pain.

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Ginger Root Description

Ginger is the knotted root of a 12-inch plant called rhizome. Ginger root is made of volatile oils and phenol compounds, which are thought to have chemical effects in the body. The herb is commonly recommended by health-care professionals to help vomiting and nausea associated with cancer, motion sickness and pregnancy, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Garlic root is also used as a digestive aide and to support inflammatory conditions.

Dose

Do not take more than 4g of ginger daily. The standard dose of 75 to 2,000mg a day is intended to be taken with food. To treat nausea, indigestion and gas, take 2 to 4g of fresh root daily, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. To prevent vomiting, take 1g every four hours. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate dose you should take for your condition.

Precautions

Ginger should not be taken if you have a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, or if you are taking any heart medication, have a heart issue, have been diagnosed with diabetes or have gallbladder disease, according to Drugs.com. Talk with your doctor before taking ginger if you are taking any other medications or herbal supplements.

Allergy

If you experience an allergic reaction to ginger, discontinue use and call your doctor immediately. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction are the closing of the throat, hives and dizziness, according to Drugs.com.

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References

author image Diane Marks
Diane Marks started her writing career in 2010 and has been in health care administration for more than 30 years. She holds a registered nurse license from Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts in health care education from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
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