Information on Ginkgo

Latin NameGinkgo bilobaphoto
Other NamesMaidenhair tree
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, tablet, capsule, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Immune system, Nervous system, Liver, Cardiovascular system
CautionsTaking large doses of standardized extracts could possibly cause headaches or mild nausea in susceptible individuals.
Botanical InfoA large tree with fan-shaped leaves, native to China, but now planted as a street tree world-wide; often with two lobes, and small, round apricot-orange fruit. Ginkgo is the sole surviving member of an ancient family of trees.
DescriptionModern research supports the use of ginkgo leaf extracts to improve circulation and protect blood vessels. It increases blood flow to the brain, improving brain function, including short-term memory and alertness, and when taken long-term can benefit tinnitis sufferers. Because of its circulatory stimulating properties, this herb has also been of benefit in peripheral arterial disease, increasing the distance people can walk without pain. Ginkgo is also known as a good antioxidant. Ginkgo extracts have shown promise for treating and preventing macular degeneration, Alzheimers syndrome, which affects memory and alertness in the elderly, as well as a host of autoimmune disorders such as asthma and hepatitis.
Ginkgo is available as a standardized, concentrated (24%) extract in capsules, tablets, or in liquid form. The usual dose is 60 mg/day. Try this kind of potent extract if you have moderate to severe pathology, such as circulatory problems or ringing in the ears, where a consistently strong remedy is indicated. It is often best to consult with a qualified herbalist or other health care practitioner before using ginkgo in this form.

Ginkgo has a taste of BITTER, SOUR, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Tincture2-3 droppersful 2-3 x daily
Extract1 60 mg capsule or tablet 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Ginkgo

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Alzheimer'scerebral circulatory stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Angina, mildcirculatory stimulanttincture, capsule, tablet
Arteriosclerosisantioxidanttincture, capsule, tablet
Bruises, bruises easilyblood vessel protectanttincture, tablet
Capillary fragilityblood vessel protectanttincture, tablet
Cataractsantioxidanttablet, tincture
Deafness, slightcirculatory stimulanttablet, tincture
Dizziness, mildcirculatory stimulanttablet, tincture
Edema, with venous stasisvenous tonic, circulatory stimulanttablet
Memory, poorcirculatory stimulanttincture, tablet
Leg crampscirculatory tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Nightblindnesscirculatory stimulanttablets, tincture
Protectivescirculatory stimulant, antioxidanttincture, tablet
Senilitycirculatory stimulanttincture, tablet
Tinnitiscirculatory stimulant, antioxidantstandardized extract in capsules or tablets
Vertigocirculatory stimulanttablet, tincture, capsule

References

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