The leaves of gingko biloba have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Chinese herbalists still swear by it. The extracts of ginkgo leaves are widely used for its medicinal properties. The seeds of ginkgo are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Gingko biloba is also known as kew tree, Japanese silver apricot and Maidenhair tree.
Ginkgo biloba helps in the following conditions:
Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Ginkgo has a positive effect on patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia as it prevents age-related memory loss.
Improves brain functions. Our brains are metabolically very active and need a lot of energy and a steady supply of oxygen and glucose. The brain becomes susceptible to poor blood supply, as it doesn’t have too much energy reserves. Therefore it is dependent on good blood circulation. Gingko biloba helps improve brain performance as it improves blood circulation.
Improves muscle tone in the walls of blood vessels. It protects from spinal cord injury resulting from ischemia.
Fights free radicals in the blood. Gingko biloba is associated with various flavonoids, which have anti-oxidant and free radical scavenging properties. This helps protect against chromosomal damage and muscular degeneration.
Helps in cases of sexual dysfunction.
Other conditions that improve with the right intake of gingko biloba: Tinnitus, multiple sclerosis, asthma, bronchitis and fatigue.
How ginkgo biloba is used: Generally extracts are taken from leaves and made into capsules, tablets and teas.
Conditions for use of ginkgo biloba: Elements in ginko leaves may affect blood clotting. So ginkgo leaf extracts are not advisable for people with bleeding disorders. People with seizures and epilepsy should not take ginkgo. Do not take fresh ginkgo seeds as they contain large amounts of ginkotoxin, a chemical that causes potentially harmful side effects—like breathing difficulty, seizures, unconsciousness and even death. The safety levels of ginkgo for pregnant women and children are not yet known.
However, the fact that it has been an important ingredient of traditional medicine is a sure pointer of its time-tested efficacy and benefits.
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