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Ginkgo Biloba

By Sami Kennedy

Ginkgo, native to China, is the oldest surviving tree known to man. Fossils of this plant have been found in China dating as far back as the Mesozoic Era (225,000,000 to 70,000,000 years ago). This was the age of reptiles, as well as the beginning of birds and mammals, and the first flowering plants. Possibly one of the reasons Ginkgo has been around for so long is its amazing resistance to disease, insects, and environmental pollution.

The Ginkgo was preserved as a sacred tree in China for thousands of years, and was considered for many years to be almost extinct. The Chinese monks cultivated it in their temple garden as a plant of healing. It was considered a sacred plant that could only be used by the emperors of China and could only be cultivated by the monks.

Further credence that this plant has been revered for centuries as a plant of serious healing properties is the evidence that it has been found on ancient carvings in China, Japan, and India in reference to healing.

Ginkgo trees were introduced to Europe in the 1700ís but truly not appreciated except by oriental herbalists until the 1900ís. In Chinese medicine it was one of the first medicines of choice for heart and lungs, but has been noted by modern science as an herb of many healing properties, as well as a major antioxidant.

The same plant chemical actions that have allowed Ginkgo trees to survive all these years are more than likely the redeeming factor that allows it to be so effective in our bodies. Ginkgo is one of the many plants that are being standardized. But it is important to understand that if it is not in its whole state the total actions of its healing properties are not available, therefore it is suggested that the organic whole plant derivative be used.

Genus, species: Ginkgo Biloba, also known as Maidenhair, parts used leaf.

Contraindications: Due to its PAF (platelet-activating factor) effects should be

used with caution for patients on anti-coagulant therapy.

Effects: Longevity herb; increases blood flow to the brain, this causes an increase of oxygen and glucose utilization; reduces aging processes such as loss of memory, lack of alertness; free radical scavenger; increases flow of blood to vital tissues and organs; aids in combating allergies.

Forms of use: Extract, capsules, and tea (tea form not as effective for major

dysfunction).

Primary Uses:

  • Alzheimerís disease.

  • Asthma.

  • Circulatory problems.

  • Depression.

  • Impaired Memory.

  • Improved nerve cell functioning and message transmission.

  • Platelet-activating factor (PAF) antagonism.

  • Raynaudís disease.

  • Tinnitis.

  • Vascular disorders.

  • Vertigo.

Secondary Uses:

  • To aid in the control of environmental stress on our bodies.

  • Improve circulatory and nervous system function of the body.

The effects of Ginkgo can usually be seen in about eight weeks if the imbalance is minor or, four to six months for major dysfunction. The suggested daily dosage is 120mg to 240mg divided and taken with meals. With Ginkgo the phrase of choice is, donít give up the ship. The longer it is in your system the more effective the results.

It is wise to consider what you use on and in your body and always discuss any changes in your bodyís functioning ability with your care practitioner.

Sami Kennedy is a Naturalists, Herbal Instructor, and Master Herbalist. For more information on the use of herbs and their effects call Whole Health Connection at 888-797-4372.

 
 


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