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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2014, Article ID 792708, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/792708
Clinical Study

Effect of Treatment with Ginger on the Severity of Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms

1Pregnancy Health Research Center, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran
2Department of Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Department of Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Department of Medical Education, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1419733171, Iran
5School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1419733171, Iran
6Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran
7Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Population Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
8Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
9Department of Medical English Language, School of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

Received 12 January 2014; Accepted 19 March 2014; Published 4 May 2014

Academic Editors: C. Petta and J. Xercavins

Copyright © 2014 Samira Khayat et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common disorder. Although the etiology of PMS is not clear, to relieve from this syndrome different methods are recommended. One of them is use of medicinal herbs. This study was carried out to evaluate effects of ginger on severity of symptoms of PMS. This study was a clinical trial, double-blinded work, and participants were randomly allocated to intervention () and control () groups. To determine persons suffering from PMS, participants completed daily record scale questionnaire for two consecutive cycles. After identification, each participant received two ginger capsules daily from seven days before menstruation to three days after menstruation for three cycles and they recorded severity of the symptoms by daily record scale questionnaire. Data before intervention were compared with date 1, 2, and 3 months after intervention. Before intervention, there were no significant differences between the mean scores of PMS symptoms in the two groups, but after 1, 2, and 3 months of treatment, there was a significant difference between the two groups (). Based on the results of this study, maybe ginger is effective in the reduction of severity of mood and physical and behavioral symptoms of PMS and we suggest ginger as treatment for PMS.