Motion sickness can affect your quality of life, whether you are traveling by boat, plane, or car. Taking anti-nausea medications such as Dramamine can help, but they make you sleepy so you can’t enjoy yourself. An alternative to drugs that help with motion sickness is ginger.
Scientists are not sure exactly why people get motion sickness, and studies have shown that people who get migraines appear to be more susceptible to motion sickness.
Science has been studying ginger and its usefulness in helping relieve nausea due to motion sickness.
Danish scientists took 80 sailors that were prone to seasickness and were not used to rough waters. The sailors received either a placebo or 1 gram of ginger. During 4 hours, the sailors who took ginger had a reduced tendency to vomit or have cold sweats.
Another study used a spinning chair to mimic motion sickness. Participants took either ginger, dimenhydrinate, or a placebo. Participants who took ginger lasted several minutes longer in the chair (approximately 5.5 min out of 6 minutes in the chair). The participants who took dimenhydrinate or the placebo only lasted 3.5 to 1.5 minutes. The group that received the placebo experienced vomiting.
Vertigo is the sensation that the environment around you is spinning. Ginger may also help with alleviating the dizzy feeling of the condition.
In one controlled study, participants went into a room that simulated vertigo. Given either a ginger supplement or a placebo, the groups had to undergo the simulation three times. Compared to the placebo group, ginger significantly reduced vertigo in the participants.
Although study results vary, ginger has proven to be effective in treating nausea that is related to motion sickness.
If you are taking medications, consult your physician before using ginger to make sure it does not affect your medications.