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The Ginkgo tree is a phenomenon, an object of veneration, a sacred tree of the East.
Because of all its properties it is associated with longevity.
Its leaves are generally used to make “extracts” used as medicine or you can drink it as a tea… Add some to your smoothies regularly. (dose 4-5 sun dried leaves suffice)…
Here goes a summary on its health benefits :
1. Antioxidant. Ginkgo Biloba provides a powerful body antioxidant needed to rid the cells from the harmful effects of free radicals and help repair cells, important for preventing heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other serious conditions. Some people have used it with success for other problems related to poor blood flow in the body, including leg pain when walking (claudication), and Raynaud’s syndrome (a painful response to cold, especially in the fingers and toes).
2. Depression, mood swings, memory disturbances. Patients diagnosed with mild stage of depression may derive greater benefits from tea or extract of Ginkgo biloba. Older patients showed greater improvement when treated with the extract of Ginkgo biloba, and renounce the use of additional antidepressants.
3. Noise or ringing in the ears. It has been shown that Ginkgo Biloba helps in the treatment of noise or ringing in the ears. It improves the flow of oxygen to them.
4. Higher libido Ginkgo’s hallmark effect is increased circulation, which is important in maintaining our energy level and one of the factors in stopping early hair loss. Increasing genital blood flow heightens responsiveness, making for higher libido in both men and women. Good circulation means getting the full benefit from the good foods we eat and the vitamins and herbal supplements we take.
5. Helps in the battle withRaynaud’s diseaseassociated with reduced blood flow to the extremities. Ginkgo Biloba works by increasing blood flow to the arms and legs, and relieves spasms in blood vessels.
6. Eases Alzheimer’s disease. Many doctors, strongly believe that Ginkgo Biloba contributes positively, increasing blood flow to the brain, neural transmitters and improves the slow degeneration of brain cells.
7. Relieves Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson's associated with uncontrollable shaking, loss of coordination and balance, - it is believed that regular use of Ginkgo biloba alleviates these symptoms. The herb increases blood flow to the brain and provides a higher concentration of neurotransmitters that are present in the brain at any time.
8. Prevents /aids healing from a stroke. Ginkgo Biloba helps to prevent stroke by minimizing the formation of blood clots in the arteries and improve blood flow to major organs including the brain. In patients with a stroke, Ginkgo Biloba can help to restore damaged brain cells.
9.Ginkgo leaf is also used for thinking disorders related toLyme diseaseand depression.
10. Menopauseoften treated using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but this approach has many side effects including an increase in breast cancer and irregular bleeding. Recent studies have found that Gingko extract has estrogenic activity and may be a simple herbal remedy for menopause. Daily recommended dosage 60mg twice a day.
11. Migraines.Studies have found that regular use of gingko can help relieve migraine pain since the active ingredients help to increase blood circulation, positive to migraine sufferers.
Important note:stay clear of the seeds for they can be toxic if ingested. Also if you are on any medication please confer with your doctor that gingko is compatible with your meds.
About this species
This remarkable tree is known as a 'living fossil', as it is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees that date back to beyond the time of the dinosaurs. Ginkgo fossils are common in the rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous.
Also known as the Maidenhair tree it remains virtually unchanged today and represents the only living bridge between 'higher' and 'lower' plants (between ferns and conifers).
Maidenhair trees can be extremely long-lived, the oldest recorded individual being 3,500 years old.