Ginger and Airway Anti-Viral Benefits
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a spice used widely as a medicinal plant in India and China. Ginger, in medicinal herbal mixes, has been used against human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV). It is suggested that Ginger has antiviral activity.
In a study by Chang et al, they tested the hypothesis that ginger can effectively decrease HRSV-induced plaque formation in respiratory mucosal cell lines.
The investigators showed that fresh ginger inhibited HRSV-induced plaque formation.
In conclusion, fresh ginger seems to be effective against HRSV-induced plaque formation on airway epithelium by blocking viral attachment and internalization. Ginger is a key component of the InnOrbit infusions in in the The Wise Herb Company range.