GINKGO BILOBA (Maidenhair Tree): Benefits, Uses and Virtues of Ginkgo Biloba? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects of Ginkgo Biloba? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other Plants and more Information on Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is a tree of incredible strength. Indeed, it was the first tree to grow after the atomic bomb unleashed on Hiroshima, where almost all other vegetation was completely destroyed. Ginkgo has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 4,000 years to strengthen cerebral functioning, combat memory loss, and improve blood circulation (particularly in the brain), but its health benefits are much vaster than one might imagine. Ginkgo Biloba is also among the most ancient species of trees still living on our planet.

Ginkgo Biloba: Medicinal Properties

Anti-disease – Anti-ageing – Antioxidants

immunité- anti-ageing, combats cell degeneration (+++) (combines well with Ginseng and Turmeric)
- helps to prevent the growth of tumors and cancers, antioxidants (++) (no scientific proof but Ginkgo is renowned as a powerful antioxidant)
- aids the removal of free radicals (++)
- protects from radiation (+++)
- combats Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss (+++) (synergy with Ashwagandha and Rhodiola)
- general anti-inflammatory (++) (Ginkgo leaves only) (excellent when combined with Turmeric and Ginger)
- treats asthma and bronchitis, respiratory problems (++) (traditional usage involves Ginkgo fruit)
- protects from pollution and tobacco smoke (++) (synergy with Turmeric)
- antispasmodic (++) (leaves only)
- antibiotic (++) (especially the fruit)
- anti-fungal, combats fungi (++) (especially the fruit)
- anti-allergy (++)
- protects from skin disease (++)
- protects the eyes and visual acuity, prevents the onset of glaucoma (++)

Tinnitus – Headache – Fever

stress- tinnitus of vascular origin, ringing in the ears (+++)
- neuroprotector (+++)
- combats dementia (+++)
- headache, fever, vertigo (++)
- combats overwork, nervous fatigue (++) (excellent when combined with Ginseng and Rhodiola)
- improves memory and concentration (++)
- anti-stress (++) (synergy with Ashwagandha)

- sedative, improves sleep (++) (especially the fruit)
- light to moderate depression (+)
- nervousness, agitation, irritability (++)

High blood pressure – Blood circulation – Heart

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- improves arterial, venous and peripheral blood circulation (+++)

- cerebral circulation – especially improves cerebral micro-circulation, increasing blood flow to the brain (+++)

- strongly reduces capillary fragility (+++)
- protects from cardiovascular disease (++)
- balances cardiac functions (++)
- cardioprotective, protects the heart (++) (excellent when combined with Rhodiola)
- reduces blood lipid levels (++)
- prevents the formation of blood clots (++)

- fights diabetes (+)
- restless legs syndrome (++)
- varicose veins, hemorrhoids (++)

Energy – Convalescence – Health

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- promotes the healthy functioning of the body’s organs (++)
- convalescence, asthenia, weakness following disease (++)
- unexplained chronic fatigue (+)
- aphrodisiac, libido (+) (synergy with Maca and Tribulus)
- impotence, erectile dysfunction (+)
- restores strength, energy and tone (+)

 

 

Ginkgo Biloba: Origins

Ginkgo Biloba originated in Asia, particularly in south-east China, where it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 4,000 years. The tree itself can live for more than 2,000 years and is extremely resilient. Often imported from China, Japan or Korea (especially the leaves and fruits), Ginkgo Biloba is also cultivated in the United States and in Europe (including France, Germany and Switzerland). It was imported into the United States and Europe in the 18th century. The tree is part of the the most ancient species of trees in the world. In Japan, Ginkgo Biloba is considered to be a tree of growth and longevity, and in Tokyo the Ginkgo leaf is honored as a symbol of the city.

Ginkgo Biloba: Composition

Ginkgo Biloba is essentially composed of flavonoids (which are considered to be powerful antioxidants that slow down the ageing of cells) but also of ginkgolides and bilobalides, whose role is to prevent the formation of blood clots, while at the same time improving venous circulation (which has the consequence of preventing the various symptoms of restless legs as well as the different problems associated with capillary permeability…). Ginkgolides and bilobalides also play a powerful role in improving blood circulation (by inhibiting to a large degree the different processes of platelet aggregation).

Ginkgo Biloba: Dosage

In herbal medicine, it is generally the leaf or the fruit of Ginkgo Biloba that is used to treat health problems (or more rarely the tree’s bark). There are several ways of taking Ginkgo: in the form of capsules, mother tinctures or herbal teas. It is recommended to take 150-300mg and up to a maximum of 700mg of Ginkgo per day, at lunchtime or in the evening. In the case of intestinal problems or headaches (rare), it is recommended to decrease the dosage and then increase again gradually, allowing your body time to adapt. It is also recommended to spread the intake across 2 or 3 doses over the course of the day. Ginkgo does not interfere with sleep; on the contrary it can improve it.

Ginkgo Biloba: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues

The main effects of Ginkgo Biloba are to protect the metabolism and the healthy functioning of the body and organs. Today it is known for a fact that Ginkgo Biloba is a powerful antioxidant – it slows the ageing of cells, protects the body in its entirety; improves blood circulation throughout the body (particularly in the brain), making the body and mind much more alive and alert, as well as more able to respond to the different needs of the body and to environmental constraints. It is also the most commonly used medicinal plant for countering degenerative diseases of the brain, dementia, and for slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (there have been numerous scientific studies on this topic). It is also a plant that is traditionally used to combat respiratory problems and asthma. The first effects of Ginkgo generally appear after one or two weeks, but for more marked effects, it is recommended to undertake long treatments of several months, with 3 weeks on to 1 week off.

Ginkgo Biloba: Side-effects, contraindications

Ginkgo Biloba has no side-effects within the recommended dosage. However anticoagulant medication should not be taken at the same time as Ginkgo Biloba, and it is strongly discouraged for those about to undergo surgery in the following days (Ginkgo has the effect of thinning the blood). It is also not recommended for pregnant women, and should be avoided by those subject to epileptic fits. In very strong doses, Ginkgo can provoke diarrhea and intestinal problems, but this is relatively rare.

Ginkgo Biloba: Opinions of experts

Ginkgo Biloba has yet to reveal all its secrets. Too few studies have been conducted to demonstrate the different effects of Ginkgo Biloba (particularly on cancer), while numerous scientific studies have proved its effectiveness in the slowing down of Alzheimer’s disease and various degenerative diseases of the brain. However, it is likely that many traditional uses have been forgotten (we know that it has been used for thousands of years to treat asthma and bronchitis in China). Certain doctors, scientists and herbalists suspect other, broader uses, particularly in the context of research dealing with different types of cancer and auto-immune diseases. It should be noted, however, that unlike Ginseng, Rhodiola or Maca, Ginkgo Biloba is not considered to be an apadtogen (i.e. a plant that helps the body to adapt to all its needs), even if it is close in certain aspects. In herbal medicine, its interest remains mainly in the context of improving venous circulation and promoting concentration and learning.

Ginkgo Biloba: More information

Ginlgo Biloba was one of the rare plant species to grow very quickly after the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima. Indeed, where practically all other vegetation was destroyed, Ginkgo was one of the rare plant species to survive and to grow rapidly. The fact that it is such a resilient species demonstrates its broad potential in herbal medicine. Ginkgo Biloba is a tree that can live for more than 2,000 years, and has particularly good resistance against disease, insects, fungus and pollution.

Ginkgo Biloba: Combination with other plants

Ginkgo Biloba combines especially well with Ginseng (memory, fatigue, libido), but also with Rhodiola (memory, concentration, stress management, overwork, Alzheimer’s disease), sometimes Ashwagandha (sleep, stress, energy, Alzheimer’s), or Turmeric (help to prévent cancer, protection of the lungs and intestines), Garlic (high blood pressure, protection of the heart, blood circulation) and more rarely Maca or Tribulus (aphrodisiac, libido, energy).

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