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Effect of Zingiber officinale R. rhizomes (ginger) on pain relief in primary dysmenorrhea: a placebo randomized trial

Parvin Rahnama*, Ali Montazeri, Hassan Fallah Huseini, Saeed Kianbakht and Mohsen Naseri

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012, 12:92  doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-92

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Glad to read about this property of Ginger

Sudah Yehuda Kovesh Shaheb   (2012-07-16 13:35)  University of Havana email

Ginger is used as part of Folk Medicine in many cultures and lately we hear a lot about its anti inflammatory, anti glycating properties.
In Jamaica, it is used as Tea, a carbonated beverage and also used to make Sorrel Tea a highly anti oxidant popular drink.
So it was nice to read this study from Iran about its use in Dysmenorhoea and that it is useful.
This is a common affliction and not very successfully treated with western medicine (lest one use hormones etc), so this news would be welcome in many poorer countries and by their women. In Cuba, we do try to alleviate severe menstrual pains and cramps by using vitamin E and Ibuprofen from three days before menstruation and through the menstruation with some good results. But I would rather prefer Ginger since it is easily available in the city and the countryside,it is cheaper and may not have some of the side effects of Ibuprofen.
thanks very much.
Sudah Yehuda Shaheb MD MSc MS
Visiting Professor of Anthropology, La Habana, Cuba and London, England
Endocrinology and Metabolism

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