Ginkgo Biloba The history.
Ginkgo is the oldest living tree, it has seen the rise and fall of dinosaurs, some scientists call it “the living fossil”. During the Triassic period it was common in many parts of the world, but it almost vanished completely during the Ice Age, surviving only in Asia. Chinese have use Ginkgo for thousands of years, (as early as 2800 B.C.E.), and it was so important that emperors cultivated the plant as a secret tree within the wall of their temples.
Ginkgo Biloba The Properties.
Sadly, in America, medicine and health are a big business so the properties of this tree are not publicized. Europeans have come to rely on Ginkgo extract to treat many illnesses. In Germany and France it’s been registered as a drug, and it’s one of the most commonly prescribed remedies. In Germany Ginkgo has been authorized for the treatment of a wide array of cerebral problems, ranging from ringing in the ears, to memory loss, anxiety, headaches, dizziness and nervousness. It has been approved to treat circulatory disorders as well. Latest researches done in Germany and France have shown extremely good results using Ginkgo Biloba extract to treat Alzheimer’s, even reversing the disease when caught early.
The main property of Ginkgo is its ability to improve circulation to all parts of the body, including the brain, this is believed to be a key benefit to Alzheimer’s and stroke patients. By improving blood flow Ginkgo helps the body deliver essential nutrients and oxygen to damaged areas of the body. Ginkgo nourishes blood vessels which decreases the chances of heart attacks and circulatory problems.
Another property of Ginkgo is the ability of fight free radicals (see our previous Newsletter title Free Radicals and antioxidants). Due to its antioxidant characteristics Ginkgo searches for free radicals attacking them and leaving harmless molecules in their place.
We need a change.
In the United States millions of people have discovered the powerful benefits of Ginkgo biloba and are turning to it for the relief of many conditions related to aging. Thanks to these advocates, Ginkgo has become the third best selling herb in this country. This has raised the attention of big laboratories; Realizing the importance of capturing part of this growing market, they are starting to investigate and research this tree. Although they have been reluctant to do so, because it is almost impossible to patent something that can be grown on anybody’s backyard. However in the future we might see, mass-produced herbal remedies, manufactured by these big labs, and with the complete authorization and support of the FDA.
The good news is that herbs like Ginkgo Biloba, will then receive the credit and appreciation they deserve, the bad news is that you should expect a much higher price.
Ginkgo Biloba can be taken in capsules, 120-240 mg daily is the recommended amount, if taking a standardized dose 40 mg 3 times a day should be the proper amount. A tincture can be used and the proper dosage is 10-15 drops 1-3 times a day.
Ginkgo Biloba Side effects.
Like many herbs, Ginkgo has no dangerous side effects, it is safe during pregnancy or lactation. However, some anticoagulant drugs are not compatible with Ginkgo and it should be avoided if using drugs like warfarin.
We hope you have enjoyed this issue, and that we have shed some light on this subject. Next time we will talk about Ginseng, how it helps us and how to take advantage of it.