BCCT plans to write a summary on ginger. While our summary is in development, you can visit About Herbs: Ginger
Clinical Practice Guidelines
The Society for Integrative Oncology’s 2017 clinical practice guidelines for breast cancer give ginger a grade C rating for use in chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. Grade C "indicates the evidence is equivocal or that there is at least moderate certainty that the net benefit is small."12
Managing Side Effects and Promoting Wellness
Managing or relieving side effects or symptoms, reducing treatment toxicity, supporting quality of life or promoting general well-being
Ginger is promoted to reduce nausea and vomiting.
Because ginger may increase risk of bleeding, several sources advise against using ginger around the time of surgery, as well as in people with bleeding disorders or on anticoagulants.3 About Herbs also lists adverse reactions as well as several herb-drug interactions. See the summary link above for more information.
Other people for whom ginger may be contraindicated:
- Pregnant or lactating women
- People with gallstones
BCCT suggests consulting with your physician and pharmacist if you are thinking about taking ginger and are on medications and/or have a condition in which ginger is contraindicated.
BCCT does not recommend therapies or doses, but only provides information for patients and providers to consider as part of a complete treatment plan. Patients should discuss therapies with their physicians, as contraindications, interactions and side effects must be evaluated.
Dosage recommendations are available from these sources:
- Alschuler LN, Gazella KA. The Definitive Guide to Cancer, 3rd Edition: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing. Berkeley, California: Celestial Arts. 2010.
- Block KI. Life over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Care. New York: Bantam Dell. 2009.
- McKinney N. Naturopathic Oncology, 3rd Edition. Victoria, BC, Canada: Liaison Press. 2016.
- Moss Reports (purchase required): Select from the list of cancers down the left side of the page for a report describing uses of conventional, complementary, alternative and integrative therapies related to that cancer. Ralph Moss is among the most knowledgeable and balanced researchers of integrative cancer therapies. The cost of his Moss Reports is not negligible, but many patients find them of considerable value. Moss is also available for consultations.
- Natural Medicines Database (requires purchase)
Integrative Plans, Protocols and Medical Systems
|For more information about plans and protocols, see our Integrative Plans and Protocols page.|
- Plans, protocols and programs
- Alschuler & Gazella complementary approaches5
- Inhibition of tumor formation
- Bladder cancer
- Liver cancer
- Block program6
- Core diet plan
- Reducing inflammatory response
- Reducing platelet aggregation
- Natural molecular target modifier
- Post diarrhea
- Lemole, Mehta & McKee protocols: whole foods diet7
- McKinney protocols8
- Loss of appetite
- Chemotherapy support to stimulate GM-CSF
- Side effect management
- Prostate cancer
- Cancer risk reduction
- Traditional systems
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: About Herbs, Botanicals and Other Products
- National Cancer Institute: Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Therapeutic Research Center: Natural Medicines Database
- American Botanical Council: HerbMed
- Lone Star Medical Group: Natural Alternative Treatments
- Michael Lerner: Choices In Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer
- Editors: Iris F. F. Benzie and Sissi Wachtel-Galor: Herbal Medicine, 2nd Edition: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects
- Keith I. Block, MD: Life over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment
- Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, and Karolyn Gazella: The Definitive Guide to Cancer, 3rd Edition: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing
- Donald I. Abrams, MD, and Andrew T. Weil, MD: Integrative Oncology, 2nd Edition
- Wayne Jonas, MD: Your Healing Journey: A Patient’s Guide to Integrative Breast Cancer Care