Effectiveness of ginger on pain following periodontal surgery

This single-blinded randomized cross-over clinical study aim was to compare the effectiveness of ibuprofen and dried ginger powder on pain and gingival inflammation following open flap debridement in 10 systemically healthy individuals with chronic generalized periodontitis. They received either Ibuprofen (400 mg) or Ginger powder capsules (400 mg) thrice daily for three days.

The difference in the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) score and Modified Gingival Index (MGI) between the two groups was not of statistical significance.

VAS – Visual Analogue Score
MGI – Modified Gingival Index

Authors concluded effectiveness of ginger powder for the management of pain and gingival inflammation following open flap debridement is comparable to that of ibuprofen.

Menon P, Perayil J, Fenol A, Rajan Peter M, Lakshmi P, Suresh R. Effectiveness of ginger on pain following periodontal surgery – A randomized cross over clinical trial [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 2] . J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2020;S0975-9476(18)31113-6.

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