Ginger is an ancient Chinese herb with a 2500-year-old reputation as an herbal remedy. This versatile herb is also used in cooking. There are many health benefits of eating ginger. The basic form of this herb is the dried root. It contains many natural chemicals that help the lungs function more effectively. If you want to use ginger to promote your lung's health, you should first consult your doctor.
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Ginger promotes your respiratory health by eliminating air pollutants, tobacco smoke and perfumes out of the air passages before they have time to irritate the lungs. It also relieves congestion, as well as improves circulation to the lungs, thus reducing the severity of many chronic lung-diseases such as bronchitis.
Ginger is often recommended for asthma patients. Asthma is a long-term disease that is characterized by the inflammation of the air passages of your lungs. Ginger helps control this inflammation so you feel and breathe better.
Taking ginger by mouth might improve your lung functions by increasing the lung capacity -- which is the volume of your lungs after maximal inspiration. People with chronic lung diseases, such as asthma and bronchitis, encounter a faster loss of lung capacity than those who do not have any lung problem. Decreased lung capacity impairs your bodily functions, physical activity and eating.
Do not use ginger if you have gallbladder disorders unless such use is under the supervision of your doctor. Taking ginger also could be harmful for people with diabetes. Ginger interacts with diabetes medications. As a result, your diabetes medications might require a dose adjustment by your doctor.
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- "Journal of International Pharmacology"; Ginger Prevents Th2-mediated Immune Responses in a Mouse Model of Airway Inflammation; ML.Ahui et al; December, 2008