The Chinese have been aware of the benefits of ginkgo biloba for thousands of years.
What is Ginkgo Biloba?
Ginkgo biloba comes from a tree which originated in the Far East but is now cultivated all over the world. The tree is able to withstand extreme weather and some are known to be thousands of years old. The herb can be useful for treating a number of conditions and is one of the most popular herbal remedies available on the market today.
Benefits of ginkgo biloba include:
- In clinical studies, it has been proven that one of the main functions of ginkgo biloba is found in treating the symptoms of dementia and preventing Alzheimer’s disease by stimulating the blood flow to the brain and improving its functions.
- Improves circulation. Those who suffer from a condition known as claudication may find that ginkgo biloba brings some relief from the symptoms. Sufferers should not rely on the herb alone as a remedy and will also require some physical therapy.
- Protection from toxins and free radicals. The herb has anti-oxidant properties which can encourage the body to expel toxins.
- Those who suffer from fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and a number of other symptoms related to brain function may also benefit from this herb. It is believed that ginkgo biloba can increase blood flow to the brain, so stimulating all of these functions.
- There is some evidence that gingko biloba can help ease the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, which has similar symptoms to depression.
- Its ability to stimulate blood flow may strengthen the eyes and prevent their weakening.
- This property could also help to ease the symptoms of PMS such as mood swings and tenderness.
- Chinese herbalists have used it for a number of years to treat respiratory problems such as coughs and asthma.
Nearly all parts of the tree can and have been used medicinally. Ginkgo is most often taken in capsule form, though the herb can also be administered as ginkgo tea.
The leaves can be steeped in hot water for several minutes, which makes a pleasant herbal drink. Gingko tea offers the same benefits as a capsule, though it enters the system a little faster, and one may need to drink several cups a day.
Ginkgo Biloba Side Effects
Those taking blood thinning medication should not begin a course of ginkgo biloba without consulting their doctor first, as it may interfere with prescription medications.
Some antidepressant medications are also not compatible with this herb. Pregnant women should also seek medical advice before using this herb.
Anybody with a known allergy to poison ivy or mangoes should not use ginkgo biloba, as they may experience similar reactions.
Side effects of ginkgo biloba could include stomach pains, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and restlessness. If in any doubt, then a medical professional should be consulted. As with any herbal or traditional remedy, it is not advised to be consumed in excessive amounts, as this may trigger one of the side effects.