Ginkgo Biloba herb is one of the most widely prescribed herbals in Europe.
It may be effective in preventing or treating many of the conditions that increasingly affect us as we age.
A very powerful antioxidant
The Ginkgo Biloba tree, also known as the maidenhair tree, is one of the oldest trees on earth. They can live over a thousand years and has been said that it can live three to four thousand years!
This herb is one of the most widely prescribed herbals in Europe. It may be effective in preventing or treating many of the conditions that increasingly affect us as we age. It improves blood circulation and may decrease the risk of stroke and heart attacks. It may help increase peripheral circulation and improve oxidation of the blood which in turn improves memory and reaction time.
Aids memory and concentration by helping circulation in the brain, particularly for seniors. Is used to treat dementia.
It’s also an antidepressant, helps to prevent strokes and thrombus, and relieves tinnitus. Taken by many multiple sclerosis sufferers.
The Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts conducted a study on ginkgo leaf extract for the treatment of tinnitus and found that it may be effective, particularly with other herbs such as hawthorn.
The extract is widely prescribed by holistic healers as a treatment for a wide range of health issues including memory and concentration problems, confusion, depression, anxiety, dizziness, tinnitus and headache.
The compounds found in ginkgo believed to have an effect on cognition include flavonoids, biflavonoids, proanthocyanidins, trilactonic diterpenes (ginkgolide A, B, and C), and trilactonic sesquiterpene (Fleming, 1998).
Gingko Biloba has a unique ability to inhibit a process called platelet activity factor (PAF) which plays a major role in many of your body’s processes such as blood flow and blood clots. By blocking PAF, ginkgo exhibits tremendous healing possibilities.
The dried leaves are the part of the plant used medicinally.
Recommended Dosage for Ginkgo:
120 mg of dried extract taken orally 2 or 3 times daily
Side Effects of Ginkgo Biloba:
Because of Ginkgo’s PAF-inhibiting quality, it is not an appropriate herbal remedy for those with blood clotting disorders. It is essential to follow the dosage directions on commercial ginkgo remedies. Large quantities can cause negative side effects.