Ginkgo leaf has a rich folk history for treating poor circulation. The shape of the leaf with its many fan segments were thought by early herbalists to represent the many vessels of the circulatory system poised for maximum circulation. The longevity of the tree itself and its ability to resist pollution and disease give it special place with folk practitioners. These observations alone point herbalists to its potential uses. Standardized concentrates of the bitter principles in ginkgo are sold all over the world but especially in Europe and Japan. Studies have shown it to be effective in increasing peripheral blood flow. This makes it especially useful in treating age related brain disorders, cerebral and vascular insufficiency, Raynaud’s disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and to prevent strokes.
Ginkgo has demonstrated remarkable ability to improve peripheral circulation. All the anti-aging effects of better circulation go along with this ability: increased energy, antioxidant effects, decreased blood clotting, better concentration, improved hearing and others.
No one quite knows how it accomplishes its feat but its action is attributed to a group of bitter compounds that include flavonoids, hetersides, and anthocyanidines. It is especially popular as a longevity drug in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States as the population ages. Its active principles seem to wear off after six to eight hours so small doses are recommended three times a day for maximum effect. Ginkgo is currently being studied and shows promise in cases of dementis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Contains bitter compounds (flavonoids) that decrease capillary permeability, thrombosis and platelet aggregation. These compounds increase peripheral blood flow and reduce inflammation. Ginkgo is an excellent source of iron, calcium and vitamin C. It has been used to treat poor circulation, deafness, Alzheimer’s disease and atherosclerosis.
Uses: We use Ginkgo often in tea and tincture combinations as a preventative/treatment of all circulatory conditions, such as: poor memory, Alzheimer's, dementia, and cold extremedies. It's mostly used for internal applications: teas, tinctures, capsules, food recipes, etc. Our two favorite uses are in teas and meals. Like many other bulk herbs, we add it to many dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts for added nutrition and fiber without affecting the flavor. Ginkgo can be used to benefit men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing) and children. It can be used as often as you would like.
Storage: It should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is not necessary.
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