Ginkgo is used for the treatment of numerous conditions, many of which are under scientific investigation. Available evidence supports ginkgo for managing dementia, anxiety, schizophrenia, and cerebral insufficiency (insufficient blood flow to brain).
The Missouri Botanical Garden says that Gingkgo Biloba is “the only member of a group of ancient plants believed to have inhabited the earth up to 150 million years ago.”
Introduced very early to human history, the trees were originally cultivated for consumption and as a traditional medicine.
Also known as the maidenhair tree, ginkgo is one of the oldest species of tree in the world. The trees can grow more than 130 feet tall and can live for over 1,000 years. Some trees in China are said to be over 2,500 years old.
The tree is considered to be a “living fossil”, meaning that it has continued to survive even after major extinction events.
Ginkgo biloba was first used for its medicinal properties in Ancient China. The Chinese took ginkgo for its claimed cognitive benefits and to alleviate symptoms of asthma. They also ate ginkgo nuts because of their “strengthening” properties.
From East to West. Gingko Biloba Introduction to the Western World.
Engelbert Kaempfer was the first European to discover ginkgo, in the late 1600s. By 1771 Linnaeus finally named the tree Ginkgo Biloba which translates into “silver plume with two lobes.”
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM), “Gingko is widely used in Europe for treating dementia.” Doctors started to use it because they thought it improved blood flow to the brain, but more recent studies indicate that it may protect nerve cells from damage in Alzheimer’s.
In 1784 ginkgo was brought over to America to the garden of William Hamilton.
Ginkgo biloba is a popular supplement and one of the top-selling herbal medicines. Ginkgo biloba extract is collected from the dried green leaves of the plant and is available as liquid extracts, capsules, and tablets. People use it for a variety of reasons.
The extract can be taken as a supplement, and the dried leaves of the plant can be used to make tea.
The therapeutic properties of the ginkgo plant are said to include treatment for blood disorders and memory problems, enhancement of cardiovascular function and to improve eye health.
Gingko contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, antioxidants that provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals. In this way, antioxidants are believed to help reduce the risk of cancer.
There is some evidence indicating that ginkgo can help people with dementia, although more studies are required to confirm this.
The benefits may include:
Better social behavior
Better ability to perform everyday tasks
One study found that an extract of ginkgo biloba, known as EGb 761, was clinically effective in treating Alzheimer’s dementia.
Other research, similarly concluded that EGb 761 was safe to use and possibly effective in stabilizing and possibly improving cognitive and the social functioning patients with dementia for between 6 and 12 months.
Researchers believe that ginkgo improves cognitive function because it promotes good blood circulation in the brain and protects the brain and other parts from neuronal damage.
Ginkgo may help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.
A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research7, found that people with generalized anxiety disorder who took ginkgo experienced better anxiety relief than those who took a placebo.
However, people who take Xanax for anxiety should not use ginkgo, because ginkgo may reduce the drug’s effectiveness.
One small study observed improvements in the vision of people with glaucoma who took 120 milligrams a day of gingko over a period of 8 weeks. Some studies have also suggested that gingko may help people with macular degeneration to keep their sight for longer.
People with Raynaud’s disease who took gingko for 10 weeks experienced fewer symptoms than those who took a placebo.
According to the Institute for Natural Products Research3, other traditional uses of ginkgo biloba include:
Preventing bed wetting
Increasing sexual energy
Soothe bladder irritation
Treating intestinal worms
Gingko Biloba as a Natural Supplement.
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