Helping to Breathe: Bronchodilatory effect of ginger
Ginger has anti-hyperactivity and anti-inflammation on airways. Ginger has always had a special value for helping people to clear their airways or stave off the symptoms of colds etc.
A study Mangprayool et al investigated the bronchodilatory activity of ginger oil and identified its active compound.
A bronchodilator is a substance that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, decreasing resistance in the respiratory airway and increasing airflow to the lungs. Bronchodilators may be endogenous (originating naturally within the body), or they may be medicinal administered for the treatment of breathing difficulties. They are most useful in obstructive lung diseases, of which asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are the most common conditions.
Citral, eucalyptol and camphene were found to be the major components of Ginger oil.
The animal study provides the pharmacological basis supporting the therapeutic potential of Z. officinale (Ginger) as a bronchodilator.