Adding GINGER to asthma medications can help make them more effective
Adding ginger to asthma medications may make them more effective, a study has shown.
Scientists found that components of the peppery root interacted with medicines called beta-agonists which relax the airways.
Adding the ginger compounds to the drugs increased the relaxation of airway smooth muscle (ASM) tissue samples in laboratory tests.
‘These compounds may provide additional relief of asthma symptoms when used in combination with beta-agonists,’ said lead researcher Dr Elizabeth Townsend, from Columbia University in the U.S..
‘By understanding the mechanisms by which these ginger compounds affect the airway, we can explore the use of these therapeutics in alleviating asthma symptoms.’
Asthma attacks occur when the bronchial tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs tighten up and constrict.