Dietary Supplements and Herb Chart

DietarySupplements and Herb Chart

DietarySupplements and Herb Chart

Name of Herb and Student

Therapeutic Use

Cautions and Warnings or Side Effects

Scientific Studies That Show Efficacy for Any of the Therapeutic Uses





Ginger refers to a root herb that is used as a spice and as a medicinal product at the same time. Different people use ginger to treat different health conditions, such as high body temperatures, enhancing digestive system, curing nausea, and relieving pain (Mashhadi 2013). In addition, ginger is used as an antioxidant, treatment of cold, viral illnesses, congestion, and stimulation of blood circulation, cell group and enhancement of the overall health due to its richness in terms of nutrients.

A study conducted to assess the effectiveness of ginger in the treatment of nee pain, but some side-effects (such as gastrointestinal pain) were discovered (Altman &amp Marcussen, 2001). The study also showed that ginger cause mouth irritation, heartburn, and gas in the stomach.

Different studies have focused on the efficacy of ginger in the treatment of different diseases. For example, a study conducted by Earnst &amp Pittler (2000) indicated a significant relationship between the use of ginger and a decline in the post-surgery vomiting and nauseas. The study also indicated that ginger is more effective in the treatment of morning sickness, seasickness, and chemotherapy-induced nausea compared to placebo. Another randomized control study indicated that ginger is as effective in the treatment of nausea experienced by pregnant women as vitamin B6 (Smith, 2004). Mashhadi (2013) also concluded that ginger can be used to prevent different types of cancers. Each of the study focused on a different health issue and concluded that ginger is effective.

Ginkgo Biloba


St. John’s Wort







Stinging Nettle


Altman,R. &amp Marcussen, K. (2001). Effects of a ginger extract on kneepain in patients with osteoarthritis. Arthritisand Rheumatism,44 (11), 2531-2538.

Earnst,E. &amp Pittler, M. (2000). Efficacy of ginger or nausea andvomiting: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. BritishJournal of Anesthesia,84 (3), 367-71.

Mashhadi,N., Ghiasvand, R., Askari, G., Hariri, M., &amp Mohammad, M. (2013).Anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in health andphysical activity: Review of current evidence. InternationalJournal of Preventive Medicine,4 (1), 36-42.

Smith,C. (2004). A randomized controlled trial of ginger to treat nauseaand vomiting in pregnancy. Obstetricsand Gynecology,103 (4), 639-645.