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Name: Ginkgo Biloba
Also Known by: Ginkgo, ginkgo tree or the maidenhair tree, icho (Japanese), eunhaeng (Korean), yinxing (Chinese),
Description: The Ginko trees can live for hundreds of years. Ginkgo biloba is a 30 to 40 m high dioecious tree with a girth of about 4 m.. The leaves are fresh green to golden yellow in autumn. The female trees are pointed and pyramid-shaped; the male trees are more broad.
Ginkgo biloba has no close relative in the plant world. It is a tree with recognizable fossils dating back millions of years. The male tree produces small pollen cones that contain the pollination cells. The female tree produces a seed
Habitat: Ginkgo is indigenous to China, Japan and Korea, and is also found in Europe and the U.S.
Parts of plant used: The fresh or dried leaves, and the seeds separated from their fleshy outer layer.
How to use: Ginkgo Biloba leaf Tea can be made by placing 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried herb into a cup and adding hot water.
(1 tsp = 1g)
Serving: 1 cup up to 2-3 times a day
Daily dosage: Tea can be drunk 2-3 times a day, this dose should not be exceeded
Ginko biloba can increase the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the main source of energy that Is produced in the Mitochondria at the cellular level. ATP has been shown to enhance the brains ability to convert glucose into energy and to increase the electrical activity of the body.
Aside from being a brain booster, the antioxidants in ginkgo biloba tea also help to reduce the effects of oxidative stress in other parts of the body, including in cellular mutation, which can lead to cancer and other chronic diseases.
Among traditional Chinese uses for Ginkgo biloba are asthma, tinnitus, hypertonia and angina pectoris.
In homeopathy the uses include treating tonsillitis and cephalgia
Approved by Commission E:
The Commission E approvals listed are limited to special
standard extracts of Ginkgo and do apply to just use of the loose leaf herb
• Symptomatic relief of organic brain dysfunction
• Intermittent claudication
• Vertigo (vascular origin)
• Tinnitus (vascular origin)
Properties: Flavonoids and terpenes
Scientists have found more than 40 components in ginkgo. But only two are believed to act as medicine: flavonoids and terpenoids. Flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants. Laboratory and animal studies show that flavonoids protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels, and retina from damage. Terpenoids (such as ginkgolides) improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.
Flavonoids: including monosides, biosides and triosides of quercetin.
Biflavonoides: amentoflavone, bilobetin, 5-methoxybilobetin, ginkgetin, isoginkgetin.
Terpenoids: Ginkgolide A, B, C
Ginko Biloba has interactions with many pharmaceutical medicines, If on any type of medication check with your doctor before use to ensure safety.
This is a list of medicine that is known to interact with Gingko Biloba BUT IS NOT A CONCLUSIVE LIST, YOU MUST CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FOR SAFE USE.
Anticoagulants- like Warfarin
Thiazide Diruretics – like Ziac
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