MORE INFO ON GINGKO BILOBA
Refs: "Ginkgo--The Wonder Drug?" Argon La Croix. 1947 "Herbal Remedies"
Constance Healley. 1995 "Herbal Guide gingko biloba circular #645"
Daenara Maltese. 1995
Ginkgo biloba Maidenhair Tree (aka Ginkgo Tree)
Ginkgo biloba(Gb) is from the Maidenhair Tree, a deciduous conifer
from far eastern gardens. The tree was introduced to Europe in 1730 and
was widely used for it's actions on the cardiovascular system.
Constituents Leaves: flavone glycosides, (including ginkgolide), bioflavones, sitosterol, lactones, anthocyanin.
Seeds:fatty acids, minerals, bioflavones.
Actions Leaves: relaxes blood vessels, circulatory stimulant.
Seeds: astringent, antifungal, antibacterial
PARTS USED Leaves: they are used for circulatory diseases,
including increased blood flow to the brain. Research has shown that
ginkgolide can treat irregular heartbeats as well as standard
pharmaceutical drugs that are now used. The leaves are also used for
varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and leg ulcers. A fluid extract of the l
eaves, are used to treat cerebral arteriosclerosis in the aged, and are
also used to improve circulation in the extremities. Tincture of the
leaves, combined with other cardio herbs, such as periwinkle and lime
flower, or with king's clover for venous problems. An infusion of the
leaves, can be used as a wash for varicose veins, and hemorrhoids.
Seeds:act on the lungs and kidneys. they are traditionally used in
the treatment of asthmatic disorders with thick phlegm. They are also
used for incontinence and excessive urination. The seeds are only found
in the female plant! In China, the seeds are called bai gou, so it may
be listed as such at the local herb shop. A decoction of the seeds and
Ma Huang(ephedra sinica) can be used to treat asthmatic disorders or
CAUTIONS Excessive dosage of the seeds can lead to skin disorders
and severe headaches. Contact with the fruit pulp can lead to contact
dermatitis. ****the fruit pulp is not used medically**** Although the
herb is considered safe for long term use, concurrent usage with strong
herbal and chemical vasodialators can cause problems.
Other uses of Gb, that is not of the main usage: It has been shown
to improve memory in some testing and help reverse the effects of
senility. (probably through the increased blood flow through the brain)
The effects of vertigo and tinnitus have also been decreased, also due
to the increased blood flow through the inner ear. Some studies have
show Gb to have strong antioxidant effects, slowing the formation of
free radicals--believed to be responsible for the effects of aging and
cancer cell formation. In 1988, Doctor Elias J. Corey, professor of
chemistry at Harvard University,
synthesized a compound called ginkgolide B--The drug is now being
studied to be used as potential drug, to stop the rejection of