Studies Find It Can Ease Symptoms by Opening Airways
The Ache: Some 26 million Americans suffer from asthma—a chronic inflammation of airways in the lungs that causes coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Since you can still have an asthma attack despite regular medications, many patients try alternative treatments—but there is little evidence they work, clinicians say.
The Claim: Ginger, a root known for its strong, earthy flavor, can help ease symptoms of asthma by opening constricted airways.
The Verdict: Ginger, well known as a therapy for an upset stomach, is recently getting attention among scientists for what appears to be its capacity to open constricted airways—demonstrated in several recent studies, in animals and in human cells tested in a lab.