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Ginger safely reduces menstrual pain

In Canada and the UK, doctors prescribe mefenamic acid, an NSAID, for menstrual pain, but this type of medicine can have harsh side effects.

In this study, 122 female students with moderate to severe menstrual pain took 250 mg of ginger root capsules every six hours, or 250 mg of mefenamic acid every eight hours, from the onset of menstruation through two pain-free monthly cycles. At the start of the study, women in both groups averaged moderately high pain. After one month, both groups averaged mild to moderate pain, and after two months, reported having only mild pain on average, with ginger as effective as NSAIDs. 

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