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Health Information

Ginkgo

(Ginkgo biloba)

Description

This is reported to be the only survivor of the oldest tree species. Ginkgo is invaluable in aiding the circulation, improving oxygen use and reducing free radical damage. 

It is beneficial for the brain, memory, nervous system and blood vessels. The elderly particularly benefit from this herb. One of ginkgo's most important features is its ability to expand the blood vessels, and thereby improve blood flow in capillaries and arteries, especially in the lower legs and feet. 

Herbalists believe that ginkgo may help diabetics, it may also help people who suffer from asthma attacks. 

How It May Benefit You 

  • vertigo

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

  • phlebitis (inflammation of a vein)

  • leg ulcers

  • cerebral atherosclerosis

  • diabetic vascular disease

  • Raynaud's syndrome

  • headaches

  • depression

  • lack of concentration or mental and emotional fatigue in the elderly 

  • asthma

  • clotting disorders

  • strokes and heart attacks.

     

Caution

Ginkgo can cause irritability, restlessness, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting - see your Health Professional. Some people are unable to tolerate ginkgo even in small doses.

Do not use if you have a clotting disorder, or if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not give ginkgo to children without a doctor's supervision. 

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Ginkgo leaves are available in dry bulk, capsules, or tincture.