Regular use of ginkgo biloba helps protect against blood clots and nerve damage. Ginkgo biloba leaves are used to relax the blood vessels, to stimulate the circulatory system, and to increase blood flow to the brain. Ingredients in ginkgo biloba are known to inhibit blood platelet stickiness. This helps guard against strokes. Use of ginkgo biloba is thought to protect cells during periods of lack of oxygen to the tissues. This property can help stroke victims experience less damage and recover more quickly.
Ginkgo biloba has anti-aging properties, sharpens the memory, boosts concentration, reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, relieves headaches, improves circulation, and may help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Ginkgo biloba can help stop ringing of the ears and can help improve vision.
Ginkgo biloba teas and extracts are good for varicose veins, hemorrhoids, congestive heart failure, depression, diabetes, impotence, macular degeneration, other eye diseases, migraines, multiple sclerosis, and leg ulcers. Ginkgo leaves contain two types of chemicals -- flavonoids and terpenoids -- with extremely potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants mop up harmful free radicals in the body and help protect against the effects of aging.
Ginkgo biloba seeds are astringent, antifungal, and antibacterial. The seeds are used in the treatment of asthma, coughs, incontinence, and excessive urination. They are very nutritious and considered a delicacy in China.
Medical use of ginkgo biloba goes back five thousand years when Chinese herbalists used it for memory loss and respiratory ailments. Today, tests show that ginkgo biloba may actually cause damaged nerve cells to regenerate!
Ginkgo biloba trees can live over three thousand years and are one of the oldest living species of trees on earth. These trees are not pines or ferns and occupy a unique position in the plant kingdom. The ginkgo biloba tree is the sole living link between the lower and higher plants, between ferns and conifers.
Ginkgo biloba trees, native to China, grow well in the North Georgia area, even in city atmospheres where pollution would kill other trees. Young trees should be staked because they tend to grow crooked. Ginkgo biloba trees start off growing slowly but after a few years the rate of growth increases. After a female tree reaches about 30 years old, yellow plum like fruits are produced -- if and when pollination occurs. Male pollen is usually carried by the wind.
* Avoid ginkgo biloba when taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, or blood thinners. When taking ginkgo biloba, do not exceed the recommended dose as a little goes a long way. Use of ginkgo biloba may cause mild headaches, rashes, or upset stomachs. Discontinue use if any symptoms persist. Discontinue use of ginkgo biloba a month before any surgery or dental work is performed. Always consult with a healthcare professional before taking any herbal remedies especially when pregnant, nursing, or taking any other medications.
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