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Ginkgo Biloba: History, Dosage and Administration, Health benefits, Contraindications and Warnings

Ginkgo Biloba is highly appreciated popular strong shrub for any garden in Asia. One of survived tree after the explode of Hiroshima bomb. That tree was sprout after the explosion of the bomb (which seems completely destroyed around it). Ginkgo biloba is now widely known for its herbal remedy. It is used both in traditional Chinese medicine and modern medicine. For more than 3500 years Ginkgo Biloba is responsible for strengthening the vital functions of the human brain. The extract of Ginkgo biloba tree leaves is considered an effective natural remedy to combat circulatory disorders associated with aging.

Ginkgo Biloba helps to improve memory and prevent mental illnesses, also keeps the blood flow in the brain with perfect condition, helping to improve circulation throughout the body. in general, Ginko provides incredible health benefits. But is especially indicated in people with lack of energy, vitality and strength, reaching to restore the body and again filling vitality and vital energy (KI). Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest tree species on the entire planet . As it bears a history that can live for more than a millennium.

Now, Ginkgo extract, highly prescribed by neurologists to combat functional symptoms due to cerebral insufficiency, such as dizziness, headache, disorientation, loss of intellectual faculties, changes in the character of the patient, or to treat the after-effects of coronary diseases.

What is Ginkgo Biloba

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Ginkgo biloba is a tree highly appreciated in gardening, which is considered the best herbal remedy to help age better or reduce certain aging processes. In the opinion of some, their powers are exaggerated, while for others it is a prodigious plant that can reveal itself as a natural support of the first order for the health of older adults.

Its literal translation is “silver apricot ” in the Chinese language but it is also called “white fruit”.  The majestic tree about to 30 meters high in average, with a slightly pyramidal or conical crown. The bark is brownish gray and the leaves are light green, with characteristic fan-shaped. Lobed and split in parallel grooves. The masculine and feminine flowers appear in different trees. It rarely blooms flowers. The first sprout next to the leaves, are yellow and hang in compact groups.

The female ones are like tiny acorns, barely 1 cm wide, reddish in color, and appear solitary, located at the tip of a long peduncle. Towards the end of summer, these flowers swell and give rise to the fruit. In China Ginkgo Biloba is harvested as herb plants from generation to generation. In addition, it is now marketed for the decoration and beautification of gardens, because it can withstand several climates.

Origins & History of Ginkgo Biloba

Initially from Japan, Korea and eastern China, Ginkgo is considered one of the oldest known species. As evidenced by the finding of fossil signs close to the Ginkgo genus that back to about 275 million years ago. Which have been time to the beginning of the Jurassic. Currently there is only one species left, Ginkgo biloba. A living fossil that has even managed to withstand such horrific tests of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima. This amazing capacity for resistance and its great longevity have made it irreplaceable in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, which have been used for more than two thousand years.

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You may find Ginkgos in large cities such as London, New York, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Lisbon or Barcelona, ​​among many others. It is usually planted in parks and gardens. Also in streets, squares and avenues. Represents an amazing ability to resist the contaminated and rarefied air of large cities. The golden coloration that acquires its foliage in autumn is magnificint. Its leaves fall with the first autumnal storms and dye the sidewalks or pavements of its surroundings, to sprout again in spring.

It is a sacred tree for the Buddhist tradition, and for that reason, it is usually planted in the gardens of the temples and next to the pagodas too.

Benefits and Medicinal properties of Ginkgo Biloba

  • Ginkgo Biloba develop concentration; as consumed by students
  • Improves the ability to remember and contributes to improve learning
  • Promotes good blood circulation circulation of the brain
  • Ginkgo Biloba is a powerful neuroprotector (reinforces and increases the production of neurons)
  • It helps to prevent certain mental illnesses
  • Indicated its consumption in times of stress (associate with ashwagandha)
  • Nervousness, restlessness or restless legs syndrome
  • Help fight against senile dementia (premature)
  • Ginkgo Biloba helps to rest well at night, promotes sleep and fights insomnia
  • After a long workday, Ginkgo Biloba helps to regain energy and vitality
  • In high doses Ginkgo acts as a sedative (relaxing and hypnotic)
  • Combats headaches and decreases the feeling of dizziness (vertigo)
  • Suitable for people with hyperactivity
  • Combat chronic fatigue (Associate with Ginseng)
  • Reduces ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
  • Combats dizziness, decreases nausea and vomiting

At present, this millenary plant is used in the pharmaceutical industry. Especially those that go for the most naturist branch. That is why ginkgo biloba is sold in capsules and there are many people who consume it that way. Especially because it is easier.

Improve memory

If you need to stimulate your memory or improve your learning process, then ginkgo biloba becomes your best herbs.

Because it can dilate the blood vessels, the blood runs better for your body, including the brain. There is a better oxygenation. All the functions of your body are optimized, including memory.

Thanks to this action, it prevents the appearance of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the elderly. Because with the passage of time their memory is affected by the extinction of neurons. It even helps to delay the failing dementia that usually appears in grandparents.

If the person already has Alzheimer’s disease, he can also take ginkgo biloba. Because it will prevent the disease from progressing faster.

By stimulating the brain, it can supports the process of memory and the patient. That carry out one’s daily activities without any problem.

In the case of young people, it helps to focus and be more focused on their daily tasks. If you are still a student, it is certainly good news because it will help you in your studies, since your memory will be better than ever.

It affects the vision

For people who are diabetic and those who are suffer from glaucoma, ginkgo biloba helps them keep their vision as good as possible.

Both are the diseases with the passage of time are advancing and no doubt the vision will begin to fail.

If you consume this herbs/plant on a regular basis you will prevent the advance from being much faster.

Prevents premature aging

Thanks to the action of antioxidants and eliminating all free radicals, the skin will always look smooth and radiant.

It will protect you from UV rays. And this will delay the appearance of wrinkles and signs of age such as flaccidity and lack of brightness.

Fight the migraine

If you are a person who are suffering from migraine or even vertigo, ginkgo biloba helps fight them or at least delay the episodes of these two conditions. We know that are very annoying for people who suffer from it.

On many occasions when people are affected with  migraine or vertigo, they cannot carry out their normal activities.

Prevents the formation of clots

Prevent clots by boosting blood circulation. Blood cloting can cause various health problems such as thrombosis.

By the presence of flavonoids ginko extracts dilate the blood vessels and therefore the blood will flow through the vein much better.

Against the syndrome of tired legs

One of the most popular uses of ginkgo biloba for tired legs.

Many women who are used to in high-heeled shoes for hour, often the legs suffer from legs. They feel heavy due to a problem of blood circulation. By dilating the vessels allows the blood to circulate without any problem.

It is also beneficial against cramps. That tend to be very annoying and affects all kinds of people. Even those who do exercises if once they finish by their.

In the long term, it prevents the appearance of varicose veins, a problem that mainly affects women. Also to men. It is due to arteries and veins that have been covered and that can lead to a thrombosis that if not treated with time can be very dangerous for health.

Help recover from an ACV

When people suffer from a Cardiovascular Accident (CVA) they need to improve blood circulation and especially cerebral oxygenation.

Ginkgo biloba becomes a great supporter as it activates the blood supply and with it. They will recover all the functions they have lost after suffering the stroke.

Energy – Vitality – Health in general

One of the side effects of ginkgo biloba consumption is that it gives the body energy. This decrease the feeling of fatigue that in many people, especially in the elderly.

  • Ginkgo Biloba is known as the most powerful tree to increase vital energy (QI)
  • Reduces muscle fatigue and combats convalescent states
  • Increases energy and reduces fatigue in general
  • If it is associated with Maca and Tribulus its aphrodisiac effect increases considerably
  • Help people with erection or impotence problems
  • Maintains healthy organs and promotes proper functioning
  • Ginkgo Biloba increases libido (sexual desire)
  • Contribution of extra energy, strength and vitality

Diseases – Anti-aging – Antioxidant

  • According to scientific studies Ginkgo Biloba can prevent cancer and tumors (there is still much to investigate)
  • Combats premature aging (degeneration of cells)
  • Powerful antioxidant that helps restore the body
  • Scientific studies ensure that this magnificent tree can be of great help to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s
  • Ginkgo Biloba improves short and long term memory
  • Reduces memory loss and increases concentration (Associate with Ashwagandha and Rhodiola)
  • Ginkgo Biloba is a powerful anti-inflammatory that acts in a general way
  • Prevents the appearance of glaucoma
  • Ginkgo is an anti-fungal (fight against fungi)
  • Prevents skin diseases (associate with aloe vera)
  • Improves vision and protects the visual system


Blood pressure – Heart – Blood circulation

  • Ginkgo Biloba improves blood circulation (especially cerebral blood flow)
  • Protects the arteries from possible obstructions
  • Improves the passage of blood through the veins
  • Prevents and protects the body from cardiovascular diseases
  • Ginkgo is a cardiovascular protector (protects the heart)
  • Reduces blood sugar levels (diabetes)
  • Ginkgo Biloba helps prevent blood clots from forming
  • Help eliminate varicose veins

Composition of Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba Tree contains a high amount of flavonoids. Which are considered the most powerful active ingredient . Ginkgo is a source of antioxidants that help prevent premature aging and protect cells to prevent aging. Another of the active ingredients of Ginkgo are the “Ginkgolides “, in charge of protecting the cardiovascular system, thus avoiding the formation of clots in the blood and the obstruction of arteries. This active ingredient is also responsible for improving the blood circulation of the brain, thus preventing any serious brain disease.

Dosage/Administration of Ginkgo Biloba

The dose you should consume of Ginkgo Biloba can vary depending on the desired effect that is required. Although doses of 800 to 1500 mg of Ginkgo per day are generally used. Ginkgo Biloba can be taken in different ways, but it is always advisable to use the capsules. Infusions are another way in which Ginkgo can be consumed in controlled doses. The most used part of the Ginkgo are the leaves or the fruit of this tree. The bark is rarely used for healing purposes. Starting with a low dose is the most recommended.

Headaches or dullness may appear when consuming Ginkgo Biloba during the first days. This is quite common if doses higher than 800 mg are used during the first days. A dose of 500 mg daily the first week is advisable to avoid the risk of unwanted effects. You should feel your body response and see how it behaves during the days when you taking a higher dose of Ginkgo Biloba. If you feel that the effects are very strong or headaches appear you should reduce the dose. Although Ginkgo Biloba adapts quickly to the body organism. You should also consider that, not all organisms are the same and you may react differently before taking Ginkgo.

How to take Ginkgo biloba

The seeds and leaves of Ginkgo biloba have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for almost two thousand years, but currently the use of ginkgo focuses exclusively on the leaves, in a standardized extract, or in the dried leaves for infusion, but no longer in the seeds, because they are considered toxic.

Here are some ways to take Ginkgo biloba, depending on the problem you want to treat:

To relieve the heaviness of feet and legs, due to problems of poor circulation

Ginkgo leaves, witch hazel, horse chestnut and red vine combine in equal parts. Three tablespoons of the mixture per liter of water. Boil it for two minutes, let it rest five more, and pour the mixture into a bucket to rest your feet and legs in water for 15-20 minutes. Then you can repeat the operation with a bath with witch hazel.

To relieve varicose veins, hemorrhoids and cramps due to venous insufficiency disorders

In equal parts, ginkgo, witch hazel, cypress and rusco. Two tablespoons of the mixture per half liter of water. Infuse 10 minutes and strain. Take 2-3 times a day, with sweetened rosemary honey, before meals.

To relieve migraine and heavy headache

In equal parts of ginkgo, matricaria, betony, passionflower, and star anise as a proofreader. Because the formula is very bitter. You separate a tablespoon of the mixture for each glass of water. Then, boil for barely a minute, next to keep it at rest ten more, and you sneak. You may have two cups a day while the headache persists.

In quantities of 40 ml, liquid extracts of Ginkgo, garlic and hawthorn. Take up to 50 drops in three daily doses, with fruit juice or water.

Tisane to strengthen memory and concentration

In equal parts, leaves of Ginkgo, rosemary, eleutherococcus and gotu kola. Boil it for two minutes, let ten more rest, strain it, and take it, fasting, 1-2 times a day, in vulnerable periods of stress or confusion. You can choose to take it in the form of a fluid extract.

Associate Herb with Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba can be allied with many other medicinal plants. We especially recommend associating with Ashwagandha (favoring sleep, reducing anxiety, fighting stress, increasing energy and vitality and fighting against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss)

You can associate Ginkgo with Ginseng (improve brain capacity, decrease chronic fatigue or increase sexual desire).

If you combine Ginkgo Biloba with Maca and Tribulus you will get an aphrodisiac effect. It will increase your libido, your energy, your strength and will change your mood.

It is advisable to associate with Garlic (regulate blood pressure, protect the heart and improve blood circulation). That might increase your digestive system and combat constipation or reduce diarrhea.

Side effects and Contraindications of Ginkgo Biloba

A consumption of high doses of Ginkgo Biloba can also cause unwanted side effect. Like each and every one of the medicinal plants. Ginkgo is a very safe medicinal plant and no serious unwanted effects are known (provided that the dose is controlled and the treatment plan is followed). If you are taking anti-coagulant medications, forget to take Ginkgo Biloba (do not consume anti-coagulants with Ginkgo Biloba). Ginkgo can be consumed in pregnancy without any problem. If the dose is exceeded, diarrhea, headaches and malaise may appear in general.

In general, Ginkgo biloba, applied in the appropriate doses, have little risk of side effects. However, it is preferable to always be well informed before starting a long-term treatment with this plant. In addition, it is essential to have medical advice before starting a treatment with ginkgo in cases of cognitive loss, or when it is going to be administered to elderly people in general.

In addition, you should refrain from taking Ginkgo internally if you are in any of these cases:

  • Pregnant and lactating women
  • Children under the age of five, as a minimum precaution.
  • Patients at risk of frequent bleeding or taking medications that thin the blood.
  • If you have epileptic seizures or if you have suffered seizures in the past.

On the other hand, some adverse effects described below. Mainly due to excessive or inappropriate doses, which include headaches, dizziness, skin irritations and gastric alterations.

With regard, To avoid possible unwanted interactions, you should bear in mind that Ginkgo can not be combined with the following groups of medicines:

  • Drugs such as aspirin, and other anticoagulants; Or you have to consult with the doctor.
  • Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen.
  • Hepatic medications; or at least consult with the doctor first.
  • Antidepressants, such as MAOIs, fluoxetine, sertraline, and so on.
  • Anticonvulsant medications.
  • Ginkgo seeds, which have been used in traditional Chinese medicine and gastronomy, contain toxic components, and their intake could cause respiratory problems and arrhythmias.

What you should know is that there are certain people who cannot consume ginkgo biloba:

Two of them are pregnant women and those who are in the process of breastfeeding.

(Since there are, no conclusive studies that confirm that the chemical substances contained in this plant do not affect the fetus or the baby in its first weeks of birth.)

Always be guided by the indications of the box in case you take it in capsules.

While leaves are use to prepare mixtures, consult with an expert. Or not exceed two cups per day.

The following symptoms may also occur:

  • Allergy and hypersensitivity
  • Bleeding Caution is advised in cases of patients with bleeding disorders or taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding
  • Eating the seeds is potentially fatal and can cause tonic-clonic seizures and loss of consciousness
  • It could affect insulin levels and blood sugar. Caution is advised in cases of patients with diabetes or hypoglycemia or taking drugs that affect the level of sugar in the blood
  • It could reduce male and female fertility
  • could lower blood pressure
  • Its consumption is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation.

Always consult With your Physician

It is never good to self-medicate. Even when it comes to herbs that sound so miraculous and are so good for your health.

Same thing is true when we talk about ginkgo biloba. It is always good to consult with your doctor or a specialist in the matter before beginning to incorporate it into your routine. Either in capsules or infusions.

Where to buy Ginkgo Biloba

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