Ginkgo Biloba aka the maidenhair tree, is a species of tree native to China & Japan. It is the last living species in the order Ginkgoales, which first appeared over 290 million years ago. Fossils very similar to the living species, belonging to the genus Ginkgo, extend back to the Middle Jurassic approximately 170 million years ago. The tree was cultivated early in human history and remains commonly planted.
Ginkgo Biloba is an herb used to treat altitude sickness (prevention), cerebral vascular insufficiency, cognitive disorders, dementia, dizziness/vertigo, intermittent claudication, macular degeneration/glaucoma, memory loss, premenstrual syndrome, SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction, and as a vasodilator.
- Boosts cognitive function
- Improves blood flow
- Traditionally used to reduce anxiety
- Traditionally used in treating depression
- Traditionally used to ease headaches & migranes
- Eases & helps to prevent altitude sickness
- Used to ease Glaucoma due to improving blood flow to the eyes
- Used to improve symptoms of sexual dysfunction due to its impact on blood flow.
Ginkgo contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, which are compounds known for their strong antioxidant effects.
Antioxidants combat or neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals.
Free radicals are highly reactive particles that are produced in the body during normal metabolic functions, such as converting food to energy or detoxification, yet, they also have the potential to damage healthy tissues, contributing to accelerated aging and disease development.
Ginkgo has the ability to reduce inflammation caused by various conditions. It can increase blood flow by promoting the dilation of blood vessels via increase in levels of circulating nitric oxide. This may have applications for the treatment of diseases related to poor circulation.
There have been documented increases in cerebral blood flow (greater effect in patients 50 years and older) when administered ginkgo biloba extract.
Documented increase in peripheral blood flow in diabetes, intermittent claudication, and hearing loss.
Studies underway for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)-induced erectile dysfunction; initial results are positive.
Avoid prior to surgery: may cause bleeding.
Please consult your doctor before taking Ginkgo Biloba if you are pregnant or allergic.