Asthma relieved by ginger opening up the breathing airways

Asthma relieved by ginger opening up the breathing airways

I discovered for myself in the 1980s that your digestive system is the most important thing to fix if you have asthma.  I cleaned and rebuilt mine and cured my asthma and hay fever over 20 years ago. 

Asthma was classified as a rare disease until the mid-1950s but now it stops the breath in over 300 million people every year.

“I think diet is the factor that has made the biggest contribution to increased asthma in wealthier countries.  I can’t see anything else that has changed that could have had this effect”
Professor Anthony Seaton, of the University of Aberdeen.

Ginger is one the - if not the – best herbs in the world for sorting out the digestive system.  This is one of the reasons it has been used as the base to so many old Chinese and Indian traditional remedies.  I have used it for many years now in lots of ways – from simmering drinks while fasting, to adding to meals grated, to sushi, to raw pear cheesecakes!

“Asthma has become more prevalent in recent years, but despite an improved understanding of what causes asthma and how it develops, during the past 40 years few new treatment agents have been approved for targeting asthma symptoms.  In our study, we demonstrated that constituents 6-gingerol, 8-gingerol and 6-shogaol, act synergistically with the beta -agonist in relaxing ASM, indicating that these compounds may provide additional relief of asthma symptoms…”
Elizabeth Townsend, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow in the Columbia University Department of Anesthesiology.

What has this new study found?

  • Firstly, the airways that carry oxygen to and from your lungs are lined with airway smooth muscle (ASM)
  • Secondly, during an asthma attack, your lungs contain an enzyme called PDE4D which disrupts the natural processes that would normally relax ASM tissue, and therefore ease your breathing
  • The researchers simulated an asthma attack by dousing ASM samples with a compound designed to tighten them up and then they exposed the asthmatic tissue to ginger extracts
  • Around 305-40% of ginger molecules appear to block PDE4D expression and prevent it from leaving you breathless

Study by researchers from Columbia University as presented at the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference held in Philadelphia, May 17-22, 2013.  As reported by The Times of India, Science Blog and The Scotsman on May 20, 2013.   


Posted: Saturday 25 May 2013