Meniere’s Disease and Ginger Root

Meniere's Disease and Ginger Root

A reader asked me about the effectiveness of using ginger root to manage Meniere’s disease.  I haven’t used ginger root to help with Meniere’s disease specifically but get plenty of it in my diet as my wife tends to use it frequently in her cooking.

Despite not taking ginger root myself for Meniere’s, I can still share three points

  1. The first is that both my wife and my daughter are susceptible to car sickness. One thing they do to effectively combat car sickness is to chew ginger gum.  It works quite well for them.  Another substance often used to help car sickness is Meclizine which is often prescribed for Meniere’s disease patients.  So I think ginger root is worth a look if you are still seeking something to help you.
  2. There are plenty of studies which indicate that ginger is effective at reducing the ill effects of vertigo and nausea — both companions to those who struggle to control the symptoms of Meniere’s.
  3. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Weil and he is a big fan of ginger.  In his book, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, he suggests that the reader take ginger during week 5 of his regimen.  He puts ginger in the class of tonics and suggests that you take it to increase your overall wellness.
Ginger can be taken in three different forms: candied, dried root and as a tea. The candied (or crystalized) form is easy to find in health food stores and can be eaten like…well, candy.  No one in my family likes it that way but there seem to be plenty who do as it is easy to find in that form.  Ginger taken as dried root can be found as supplements in the health food store.  Although ginger is non-toxic, taking the supplements on an empty stomach may cause heartburn.  Ginger tea is made pretty easily from grated ginger root, honey, and some hot water.  Do a quick internet search if you need help with the quantities.
If you have found success using ginger root to manage your Meniere’s disease, please leave a comment below.