Scientific Name: Ginkgo biloba
AKA: Bal Guo, Maidenhair Tree
Parts Used: Leaves, seeds
Active Compounds: Ginkolides, bilobalides, flavonoids
Background: Imagine a plant that has existed for over 190 million years. The ginkgo tree has been around that long and is considered the oldest tree on earth. Much research has been done about this plant that's been used since ancient times in China.
Research that took place in the 1960s showed that ginkgo has a positive effect on blood circulation in the brain and therefore improves memory. It has also been shown to help thin the blood by inhibiting the platelet activating factor.
Applications: Anticoagulant/Anti-inflammatory/Memory Enhancer
Ginkgo is primarily used to enhance the health of the brain and reduce poor circulation.
Memory: Ginkgo has been shown to improve the function of memory in the brain. It can help to stop or prevent dementia.
Circulation: Ginkgo helps maintain blood thinness and improves circulation.
Urinary Tract: Ginkgo seeds have been used to treat problems with the incontinence.
The ginkgo tree grows as high as 100 feet. It is native to China and is also grown in Japan, France, and South Carolina. The leaves and the fruit containing the seeds are removed from the tree in the fall.
As a tincture, take 1 tsp 2-3 times daily for circulation.
As a decoction of the seeds, take to treat wheezing related to Asthma.
Ginkgo tablets may be taken to improve memory and circulation. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label.
Do not take more than the recommended dose of Ginkgo as too much may cause toxicity. In some countries the use of this herb is restricted. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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