The bitter, astringent leaves and nut of the ginkgo (also called maidenhair) tree can be used to support health. They support the lungs, the kidneys, and also have been shown to be effective for the brain. The nuts are expectorant, antitussive, antia... *
Ginkgo Biloba Tea "Great tea. You will feel the postivie effects of this tea on your mental focus." -- Patrick
The bitter, astringent leaves and nut of the ginkgo (also called maidenhair) tree can be used to support health. They support the lungs, the kidneys, and also have been shown to be effective for the brain. The nuts are expectorant, antitussive, antiasthmatic, sedative, and mildly astringent, while the leaf extract seems to have vasoactive properties, especially improving circulation to the brain. In terms of the biochemical makeup of this herb, ginkgo contains flavonoids, including kaempferol, quercit in, isorhamnetine and other glycosides, proanthocyanidines and nonflavonoid terpenes, bilobalide, gingkolides (A, B, and C), lignans, essential oil and tannins.
Ginkgo is commonly used for improving blood circulation to the brain, improving peripheral blood circulation, coldness, tinnitus and healthy brain function It can also be tried to improve one's mood and sociability, Raynaud's phenomenon, joint and rheumatic problems, arteriosclerosis, eye weakness caused by poor circulation, vertigo, anxiety and tension, and lung and bronchial congestion have all been improved with ginkgo. While the nut has primarily been used in China for asthmatic, bronchial and pulmonary complaints, a flavonoid extract of ginkgo leaf has been discovered to be effective for peripheral blood circulation and circulation to the brain.
In Europe, several studies were made on geriatric patients. According to herbalist Arnanda McQuade, "one study of patients between the ages of 60 and 80 with memory issues showed measurable improvement in as little as eight weeks Treatment with gingko under four to eight weeks is considered too short to be effective No side effects or habituation have been demonstrated using the average dose of 40 mg three times daily for three months Even a single dose of 600 mg given expenmentally to young women produced no side effects except improved memory." (Amanda McQuade, "Strange and Beautiful Gingko," Let's Live, vol. 56, #5 (June i988), pp. 80-83.)
In her article, Amanda further states how "Gingko can be used to help support or improve memory, mental efficiency, ability to concentrate, sociability and mood especially in the senile and aged." It can be used to help support anxiety, tension, headaches, vertigo, symptoms of senility, memory issues, tinnitus, visual problems, brain function, peripheral blood disorders such as Raynaud's, postphlebitis and diabetic peripheral vascular health issues.
Other uses include support of those of auditory nerve damage that can benefit from improved blood flow. In fact, just about any condition that could be ameliorated with increased blood flow is likely to benefit from the regular use of ginkgo leaf.
The potency of the European extract that has demonstrated effectiveness is a 50-to-1 extract (50 parts of the leaves to make one part extract). This is then standardized to 24% of the flavone glycosides. To date, there are literally hundreds of scientific studies attesting to the benefits of using this 24% concentrated extract.
Possible side effects from the use of ginkgo include dermatitis, irritability, restlessness, diarrhea and vomiting, though these are rare.
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