- Joe Leech
- July 30, 2015
Most of us will run for the medicine cabinet when a headache comes on. Especially if it’s a persistent migraine.
While paracetomol, tylenol and other common pain-relief drugs may be helpful, there are also numerous natural alternatives shown to help.
One of those alternative treatments—raw ginger—is the best of the bunch from a scientific point-of-view. In fact, the latest research shows it can can be just as effective as prescription medication.
The study, published in Phytotherapy Research, involved 100 adult patients with a history of migraines. Over a one month period researchers directly compared the effects of sumatriptan (a common prescription medication for migraines) versus a ginger extract capsule.
Patients had to take either a 50mg dose of sumatriptan or a 250mg ginger capsule at the first sign of a migraine. The treatments were masked so that subjects remained unaware of which treatment they received.
Based on a range of markers self-recorded by the patients, within two hours both the single dose of sumatriptan and the dose of ginger reduced migraine severity by over 60 percent. In other words, ginger supplementation was equally as effective as sumatriptan.
What’s even more intriguing, however, is that the ginger extract was much better tolerated.
The lone side effect of ginger use was indigestion, experienced by 4 percent of users. But a whopping 20 percent of those taking sumatriptan suffered side effects ranging from dizziness to drowsiness, even heartburn.
Patients taking ginger felt so satisfied and impressed with their treatment that many said they would be continuing with ginger use after the study too.
Ginger has long been linked with a range of health benefits…perhaps headache treatment should be at the top of the list.
Have you tried using ginger to relieve headaches or other health issues? How did you consume your ginger?