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Ginkgo Biloba And Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ginkgo Biloba And Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted on September 18 2017

Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest tree species in the world. This tree can live for 1000 years and can grow up to a height of 120 feet. It has short branches with leaves in a shape of a fan and produces an odd smelling fruit. Biloba's leaves in autumn have a brilliant color.

Ginkgo grows in China, Japan and Korea. Ginkgo was subject of many decades of research in France, Germany and China. Chinese people use the leaves and seeds of this tree for over a thousand years. But, today modern science is mostly focused on Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) – which is extracted from the dried green leaves of the plant. In China it has been used for increasing memory capacity and sharper thinking.

The two active ingredients in Ginkgo are flavonoids and terpenoids. Flavonoids have been shown to have high levels of muscle and nerve protection, even improving the blood circulation system. *

Ginkgo Biloba can help eliminate a lot of bacteria and fungi that can be instigators for causing serious harm to the body. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant factors.

Additional benefits include:

Ginkgo Biloba and concentration capacity

Studies have shown that Ginkgo Biloba Extract can help support optimal cognitive function. In treating fatigue, it also shown to be very effective – ginkgo supports low concentration, anxiety, headaches and mood changes. *

Researchers discovered that this is a result of  antioxidant activity and circulation improvements. All this factors can positively affect cognitive health. *

Ginkgo Biloba and Fibromyalgia

A combination of supplements that contains CoQ10 and ginkgo extract provide better quality of life for people who suffer from this unpleasant disease. Fibromyalgia is connected with muscle disorders (usually chronic pain), headaches, insomnia and even depression *

Ginkgo Biloba and Glaucoma

There is a study which includes patients with glaucoma problems who took 120 mg of Ginkgo Biloba Extract for eight weeks. The results were more than expected and the study suggests that ginkgo can increase the uptake of glucose in brain tissues as well as improving transmission of nerve signals responsible for memory, mood and the heart. *

Ginkgo Biloba and Alzheimer's disease

Related to previous studies, it has been confirmed that ginkgo can help enlarge and improve cognitive performance. Ginkgo biloba is often used for age-related mental decline. *

Ginkgo Biloba and depression

A lot of people suffer from depression and anxiety.

Ginkgo Biloba extract as an adapotogen herb, helps to decrease the level of stress by directly affecting cortisol levels and adrenaline. *

Ginkgo Biloba and PMS

Gingko Biloba Extract has the potential to support against mood swings, headaches, pains, muscle contraction and anxiety. It is also recommended for symptom minimization in post menopausal women.*

Ginkgo Bilboa and libido

Ginkgo has the potential for increasing blood flow to the genitals by way of boosting nitric-oxide production in the body, which results in better sexual capacity.*

Ginkgo Bilboa and Headaches/Migraines

Headaches and migraines can be result of many factors - stress, allergies, low or high pressure, hormones imbalance, weather conditions. The list goes on. Ginkgo biloba can support the pain by increasing blood vessel dilation. *

Also, as we mentioned previously, it affect as an adaptogen on decreasing stress levels, which often can be triggered from headaches and migraines.*

Ginkgo Biloba and Asthma Symptoms

Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to decrease asthma symptoms. The extract has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features that have positive affects on the body, especially on the nervous system. Patient's felt like they could take bigger breaths after trying Ginkgo. *

Ginkgo Biloba and Hemorrhoids

Ginkgo Biloba can decrease the pain and reduce the pressure on the veins of the rectum, as well as stopping the bleeding caused by hemorrhoids. It also provides anti-inflammatory effects. *


References:

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Chung, Kf, Dent, G., McCusker, M., Guinot, Ph, Page, Cp, and Barnes, Pj. Effect of a ginkgolide mixture (BN 52063) in antagonising skin and platelet responses to platelet activating factor in man. Lancet. 1987

Braquet, P. and Hosford, D. Ethnopharmacology and the development of natural PAF antagonists as therapeutic agents. J Ethnopharmacol. 1991

Hofferberth, B. Ginkgo-biloba-Spezialextrakt bei Patienten mit himorganischem Psychosyndrom. Prüfung der Wirksamkeit mit neurophysiologischen und psychometrischen Methoden. Munch Med Wochenschr. 1991

Saudreau, F., Serise, Jm, Pillet, J. et al. Efficacité de l'extrait de Ginkgo biloba dans le traitement des artériopathies oblitérantes chroniques des membres inférieurs au stade III de la classification de Fontaine. J Mal Vasc. 1989

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