Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba L.
- Common Names
- Ginkgo biloba
- Botanical Name
- Ginkgo biloba L.
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba
- Medicinal Uses: * Allergies
* Longevity Tonics
* Varicose Veins
- Properties: * * Anti-inflammatory * Antidepressant * Antioxidant * Antitussive * Astringent * Cordial * Tonic * Vasodilator
- Parts Used: Leaves and Nuts
- Constituents: gibberellin, cytokinin-like substances, ginkgolic acid, bilobol, ginnol, aspartine, calcium
How to Use: Ginkgo
The bilobalides, ginkgolides, flavonoids, and other substances unique to the tree restore better blood flow to all parts of the body but particularly to the brain, allowing improved use of oxygen. Ginkgo's antioxidant actions also stabilize the structure of brain and nerve cells and protect them from oxidative attacks from free radicals. Research indicates ginkgo action of supporting healthier circulation in the eyes, make it an herb of choice for natural treatment eye health and macular degeneration.
There is an significant body of scientific and clinical evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of ginkgo extract for both cognitive function and improved circulation, said Mark Blumenthal, the founder and executive director of ABC. 1Ginkgo's hallmark effect is increased circulation, which is important in maintaining our energy level and one of the factors in stopping early hair loss. Increasing genital blood flow heightens responsiveness, making for higher libido in both men and women. Good circulation means getting the full benefit from the foods we eat and the vitamins and herbal supplements we take. Recently Ginkgo leaf has been studied for its cardiovascular benefits. 2
Allergies and asthma also improve with ginkgo. The herb contains a dozen different anti-inflammatory chemicals and seven natural antihistamines. 4,5
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Ginkgo can be taken in tincture, teas,and capsules. Make ginkgo tea as an infusion.
Traditional Chinese Medicine The earliest know reference to ginkgo is in the Chinese Materia Medica, in apx 2,800 B.C and the seeds and root have been used in TCM for thousands of years to combat mental decline.
The oldest tree species in the world, dating from the time of the dinosaurs, Ginkgo biloba (bi-loba, two sided leaf) is the last remaining species of the Ginkgoales order. Fossil records show the species was once widespread in Asia and North America, and it is speculated that it was saved from extinction by monks in the far east who cultivated it secretly as a sacred tree. Each tree can live for more than a thousand years, immune to bugs, disease and pollution. The tree grows to 100 feet tall and has fan-like leaves and yellow-green fetid smelling fruits. If you are lucky enough to have access to a mature tree, take advantage of the fresh leaves, which contain the broadest spectrum of medicinal properties.
Regional Traditions :Traditional Chinese Medicine *
- Mark Blumenthal . Ginkgo's Benefits for Treatment of Symptoms of Cognitive Decline , HerbalGram ABC, (2000): A vast body of research supports numerous health benefits for ginkgo extracts, particularly for treating various symptoms and conditions associated with declining cognitive performance and poor circulation,
- Chris Kilham. "Hot Plants" St. Martin, (2004) Ginkgo's hallmark effect is increased circulation, the better to prepare for the heart-racing excitement of sex.
- Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" Rodale, (2003) Ginkgo has a tonic effect on the blood vessels, gradually improving their overall health.
- Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" Rodale, (2003) Ginkgo leaves contain ginkgolides, which inhibit platelet-activating factor, a chemical involved in asthma and allergies.
- Hoffmann, David . "Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine" Healing Arts Press, (2010-12-15) PAF, platelet-activating factor is a potent lipid pro-inflammatory mediator with effects in many body systems plays a major role allergies and asthma. It is dramatically inhibited by ginkgolides from Ginkgo biloba. pp134