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:

Integrative Plans, Protocols and Medical Systems

For more information about plans and protocols, see our Integrative Plans and Protocols page.
  • Plans, protocols and programs
    • Abrams & Weil integrative medicine approaches4
        Prostate cancerNausea and vomiting
    • Alschuler & Gazella complementary approaches5
      • Antioxidant
      • Detoxificaion
      • Inhibition of tumor formation
      • Anti-nausea
      • Anti-inflammatory
      • 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
      • Nausea
      • Chemotherapy support to stimulate GM-CSF
      • Anti-inflammation
      • Side effect management
      • Cough
      • Prostate cancer
      • Melanoma
      • Cancer risk reduction
  • Traditional systems

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