The Effects of Daily Ginger Tea Consumption in Reducing Period Discomfort
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Research Reports 2018
Ginger has been known for its medicinal purposes which includes treating inflammation.6 Researchers have observed the effects of ginger capsules to alleviate dysmenorrhea, but few studies have investigated the use of ginger tea.6,7,9,10,11 The effects of ginger tea on adolescent females have been studied and researchers concluded that ginger reduces menstrual discomfort.1,2
The purpose of our study was to observe the effects of daily ginger tea consumption on menstrual discomfort in non-adolescent menstruating women.
Our study was a quantitative, interventional study.
Subjects were females aged 18 years and above. Participants were mostly students from Loma Linda University.
At the end of the first menstrual cycle to the start of the second menstrual cycle, subjects did not take ginger tea, home remedies, and pain medications. Subjects filled out the SF-36 survey, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Cohen Perceived Stress survey, a visual analog pain scale and a symptoms checklist during menstruation. Starting at the end of the second menstrual cycle to the start of the third menstrual cycle, subjects drank ginger tea daily and filled out the same set of questionnaires and surveys.
Main Outcome measures
Period pain was measured using a visual analogue pain scale. The symptoms checklist consisted of 19 symptoms associated with menstruation.
Statistical analyses performed
Data were analyzed using the SPSS software. A Paired Sample T-test was used to compare the effects of ginger tea on pain and symptoms experienced before and after the ginger tea intervention.
Results demonstrated a significant decrease in maximum and mean number of symptoms experienced by subjects before and after ginger the tea intervention (p = .013, .013, respectively). There was also a decrease in maximum and mean pain experienced by subjects before and after ginger the tea intervention (p = .092, .093, respectively).
Our study shows promising results that daily ginger tea consumption may help reduce menstrual pain and discomfort.
Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition and Dietetics
School of Allied Health Professions
Master of Science (MS)
Year Degree Awarded
Date (Title Page)
Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Dysmenorrhea--diet therapy; Ginger; Teas, Medicinal
Ginger, ginger tea, menstruation, menstrual discomfort, dysmenorrhea
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Valencia, Kristy and Kartika, Sherllie, "The Effects of Daily Ginger Tea Consumption in Reducing Period Discomfort" (2018). Loma Linda University Research Reports. 17.
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