Description & Habitat
Constituents & Actions
For medicinal purposes, mostly the leaves and the seed kernels are utilized. Ginkgo contains lignans, ginkgolides, terpenes, tannins, and flavonoids including ginkegetin and quercetin. This herb acts as an anti-inflammatory, vasodilator (relaxes blood vessels), relaxant, digestive bitter (stimulates digestives and encourages appetite) and uterine stimulant.
Ginkgo Biloba is popularly referred to as the "memory herb". It is known to benefit brain function and cerebral circulation. Due to this ability, it's been effective in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's, dementia, poor concentration, ADD (attention deficit disorder), depression, and many neurological disorders.
This herb has shown to be beneficial for stroke, skull injuries, Raynauds disease, macular degeneration, sexual dysfunction, coronary artery disease and a wide range of vascular disorders. Ginkgo has also been used for diabetes related tissue damage (gangerine) and circulatory disorders of the skin.
Since Ginkgo is an anti-inflammatory, it can be used in cases of mucus or phlegm in the lungs, allergies, asthma and cough. The general dose is 40mg of dried herb three times per day.
Interactions & Side-Effects
Since Ginkgo Biloba acts as a blood thinner, it should not be used with medications such as coumadin, warfarin or aspirin. Epileptics should not use this herb, as it may increase seizure activity.
Ginkgo may effect blood sugar levels. Diabetics using prescribed drugs should consult with their physician before using this herb.
Some other side-effects are digestive problems, headaches, allergic skin reactions and muscle weakness.
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