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  • Ginger works as well as sumatriptan for migraine headaches; 88% vs 86% report high satisfaction

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    Friday, August 19, 2016 9:19 am Email this article

    Ginger powder works as well as the drug sumatriptan for treatment of migraine headaches and with fewer side effects according to a double-blind study from Zanjan University Of Medical Sciences in Iran which randomly assigned 100 patients with acute migraine to receive either sumatriptan or ginger.

    High satisfaction was reported by 88% of those given ginger versus 86% of those given sumatriptan.

    “Two hours after using either drug [sumatriptan or ginger powder], mean headaches severity decreased significantly,” the paper notes.

    “Efficacy of ginger powder and sumatriptan was similar.

    “Clinical adverse effects of ginger powder were less than sumatriptan.

    “Patients’ satisfaction and willingness to continue did not differ.

    “The effectiveness of ginger powder in the treatment of common migraine attacks is statistically comparable to sumatriptan.

    “Ginger also poses a better side effect profile than sumatriptan.”



    Maghbooli M, Golipour F, Moghimi Esfandabadi A, and Yousefi M. Comparison between the efficacy of ginger and sumatriptan in the ablative treatment of the common migraine. Phytother Res, 2014 Mar; 28(3): 412-415.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Zanjan University Of Medical Sciences
    VALI-e-ASR Hospital
    Neurology Department
    Zanjan, Iran

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