Painful Periods V Ginger
Several recent studies have shown that ingesting ginger during the first few days of menstruation can reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.
Collectively these Randomised Clinical Trials provide suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of 750-2000mg (.75-2grams) of ginger powder during the first 3-4 days of menstrual cycle for primary dysmenorrhoea.
Primary dysmenorrhoea refers to common menstrual cramps, and pelvic pain with menstruation, with common causes such as heavy flow, passing clots, uterine fibroids or endometriosis.
Another study done compared of the effect of vitamin E, vitamin D and ginger. This single-blind clinical trial was conducted in 2016 on students aged 18 to 25 years who complained of mild to severe dysmenorrhoea. The participants were randomly assigned into 4 groups: vitamin D, vitamin E, ginger and placebo.
Vitamin D, vitamin E, and ginger significantly reduced the severity of dysmenorrhoea, with ginger having the most significant effect followed by vitamin D and vitamin E.
Ginger works against menstrual cramps because of its ability to decrease inflammation by inhibiting the body's production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are a class of pro-inflammatory chemicals involved in triggering the muscle contractions that help the uterus shed its lining, cramps appear to be linked to excessive production of prostaglandins.