A double- blind study was conducted comparing the effects of ginger and ibuprofen on pain in women with menstrual cramps.
Participants were 150 students (18 years old and over) with menstrual cramps from the dormitories of two medical universities who were alternately divided into three equal groups.
Students in the ginger group took 250 mg capsules of ginger rhizome powder four times a day for three days from the start of their menstrual period.
Members of the other groups received 250 mg of ibuprofen.
Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) decreased in both groups and no differences were found between the groups in severity of dysmenorrhea, pain relief, or satisfaction with the treatment.
Ginger was as effective as ibuprofen in relieving pain in women with menstrual cramps.