Ginkgo Biloba is extremely popular in Asia, taken by many people especially as they get older. It is reported to be the world’s oldest living species, a large tree that is resistant to just about anything, and living for hundreds of years, some say as much as 250 years?
This herb is known for properties that oxygenate the blood, increase the circulation and strengthens the capillaries. In traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) ginkgo biloba is has been recommended for thousands of years for different conditions – it has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial in the treatment of a person with asthma.
Most people take ginkgo biloba because of the positive effects on the brain, increasing the circulation to the brain and hence a better supply of oxygen and nutrients. This is also applicable to other organs in the body including the lungs. Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to increase brain function especially with poor concentration and memory problems. It also works on the lungs as a relaxant, easing coughing and reduces tissue inflammation. Other benefits include – helping headaches, ringing in the ears and vertigo, reduces inflammation of the veins, including varicose veins.
The leaves are an antioxidant, brain tonic, circulatory stimulant, kidney tonic, and rejuvenate. These are some conditions that might be helped by this herb a long with diet and life style changes – Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, asthma, depression, hearing loss, impotence, memory loss, nerve deafness, pain, phlebitis, poor circulation, Reynaud’s disease, stroke, tinnitus, varicose veins, vertigo, and vision loss.
The fruits (like nuts) are antibacterial, anti-fungal, eases coughing, astringent, loosens mucus, and help relax blood vessels. Conditions helped a long with diet and lifestyle changes – asthma, bladder irritation, catarrh, diabetes, weak kidneys, incontinence, tinnitus, frequent urination, vaginal infection, and peripheral vascular disease.
Ginkgo biloba’s many talents are thought to be largely due to its effects as an antioxidant, or free radical scavenger. The plant contains compounds that absorb toxins, before they cause destruction, preventing or at least minimizing cell damage.
By preventing free radical damage, it appears to stabilize cell membranes and render blood vessel walls and red blood cells more flexible, improving the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, limbs, lungs, and other areas supplied by tiny capillaries, such as the eyes and ears.
Ginkgo also helps build a healthy circulation by inhibiting the effects of a blood clotting substance called platelet activating factor (PAF). The body needs PAF for a number of functions, but in excess PAF can encourage allergies, asthma, inflammatory conditions, and cardiovascular diseases such as stroke.
Like any remedy pharmaceutical or natural, treat with respect and only take the dosage that is recommended be it by a practitioner or information on the label of the packaging. Ginkgo is considered a safe herb, and generally, you will not experience benefits for at least 4 weeks in trials it took 4 to 24 weeks to note changes.
If you are on pharmaceutical medication you need to see a qualified practitioner. Never just stop taking your prescribed medication.