Gingko biloba is one of the oldest living plant species
estimated to be over 100 million years old. The leaves from the tree have
a bilobal or brain like appearance. Gingko leaves have been used for centuries
in the Orient for complaints associated with aging.
An extract of Gingko biloba leaves has been known to be
effective at reducing ischemic symptoms- vascular insufficiency associated
with aging and atherosclerosis. Ginkgo appears to increase cerebral blood
flow helping oxygenation. Gingko may also inhibit platelet aggregation.
Studies of Ginkgo on older patients have shown reduced symptoms of vertigo,
memory loss, tinnitus, and headache. Another study of lower limbs claudication
symptoms showed ginkgo helped reduce pain and improve walking tolerance.
Ginkgo biloba appears to help improve cerebral and peripheral arterial
Ginkgo biloba is easily absorbed and has no known toxicity.
Either extracts or capsules can be used. Therapeutic amounts range from
40-200 mg. taken three times daily. Always consult with your doctor before
taking any new treatments. More research is needed to test the therapeutic
value of Gingko biloba. Its use in Alzheimer's disease, dementia, neurological
and cardiovascular diseases, as well as its potential anti oxidant effects
are being researched.