Ginkgo Biloba- The Maidenhair Tree
Dating back at least 200 Million Years, the maidenhair tree has probably been extinct in the wild for centuries, but survived in the Far Eastern Temple gardens. Since the 1980's, Western Medical interest in the plant has grown dramatically as its potent actions on the cardiovasular system have been identified.
The Leaves are used in our SEXTEA.
Part of the herbal repertoire only since the 1980s, the leaves are used for ciruclatory diseases, they are particularly good at improving blood flow to the brain.
Research has shown that ginkgolide can be as effective as standard pharmaceuatical drugs in treating severely irregular heartbeats.Ginkgo may improve symptoms of sexual dysfunction due to its impact on blood flow.
Ginkgo also contains potent antioxidants, which fight the damaging effects of free radicals and may be behind most of its health claims.
Ginkgo can increase blood flow by promoting the dilation of blood vessels. This may have applications for the treatment of diseases related to poor circulation including erectile dysfunction and inability to orgasm in women.
Some research shows that ginkgo may help treat anxiety, though this is likely due to its antioxidant content. Sexual performance anxiety.
It’s important to talk to your doctor before including ginkgo in your routine.
For most adults, the risk associated with taking ginkgo is relatively low, but there are cases in which ginkgo could cause serious harm.
If you are allergic to plants that contain alkylphenols or taking certain medications, you should not take ginkgo.
Possible side effects include:
- Stomach pain
- Rash/allergic reaction
Ginkgo has the potential to interact unfavorably with certain medications. Some interactions could increase the risk of bleeding.
Possible adverse medication interactions include:
- Blood thinners (Warfarin, aspirin)
- SSRIs/MAOIs/antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft)
- NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Tylenol)
As with any supplement, it’s important to consult your doctor before taking ginkgo biloba and stop use if you develop any negative side effects or adverse medication interactions.