Benefits Of Ginkgo Biloba


Ginkgo trees, are one of​ the oldest species of​ trees cultivated in​ China and​ are believed to​ be 150 to​ 200 million​ years old. The ginkgo trees grow in​ average soil and​ even in​ full sun. The tree can grow 100 – 120 feet. Ginkgo trees are very resistant to​ pollution​ and​ infection​ and​ hardly suffer any disease. Insects rarely attack these plants. Due to​ these reasons these trees are most tolerant even in​ urban conditions and​ are grown as​ shade trees.

Ginkgo or​ ginkgo biloba extracts is​ made from various parts of​ these trees. Chinease has used ginkgo biloba for​ the centuries for​ treating various ailments. Now it​ is​ most researched herb and​ is​ used by most of​ the countries as​ herbal medicine.

Working of​ Ginkgo Biloba:

Ginkgo leaves contains two groups of​ active components known as​ flavonoid glycosides and​ ginkgolides. These active ingredients helps in​ increasing blood flow to​ the brain​ and​ improving overall network of​ blood vessels, and​ consequently increases the inflow of​ oxygen and​ essential nutrients to​ brain​ and​ other important organs of​ the body and​ simultaneously helps controlling in​ allergic inflammation​ and​ asthma.

Benefits of​ Ginkgo Biloba:

The research on​ this​ herbal medicine continues for​ the last three decades and​ some of​ the benefits as​ evidenced by clinical studies have been summarized below.

• It has a​ positive effect on​ vascular system and​ it​ allows the system to​ act more efficiently by allowing more blood flow and​ consequently more oxygen to​ the vital organs of​ the body including brain.
• Brain, being the highest oxygen consumer (20%) of​ the total oxygen requirement of​ the human body, regulates the body more efficiently.
• The improved blood circulation​ to​ brain​ including microcirculation​ in​ smaller capillaries increases memory and​ metabolic efficiency including neurotransmitters regulation.
• Ginkgo biloba is​ useful for​ relaxing coronary arteries constricted by cholesterol.
• Ginkgo biloba is​ also useful for​ relieving tension​ and​ anxiety.
• Ginkgo biloba is​ also beneficial to​ elevate mood and​ restore energy.
• Ginkgo biloba controls platelet activity factor (PAF). Excessive platelet factor (PAF) in​ the body may cause physical stress, brain​ disorder, and​ skin​ problem including psoriasis, cardiovascular disease and​ other hearing disorders.
• Ginkgo biloba is​ beneficial for​ treating vertigo and​ tinnitus.
• Ginkgo biloba acts as​ an​ antioxidant and​ inhibits free radical formed in​ the body. Antioxidant plays a​ vital role for​ protecting cardiovascular and​ central nervous system (CNS). The combined effect of​ improved circulatory system and​ antioxidant improves blood flow to​ retina and​ controls retinal deterioration​ causing an​ overall improvement in​ visual activity.
• Some of​ the clinical trials indicate that ginkgo biloba is​ beneficial for​ treating Alzheimer’s disease.
• Ginkgo biloba is​ also used as​ supportive herbal medicine for​ treating infertility disorder in​ males.


Although it​ is​ a​ herbal medicine with enormous benefits, it​ should not be combined with certain​ antidepressants such as​ MAO (mono amine oxidase). Persons taking medicine for​ blood clotting disorders should avoid taking ginkgo biloba, as​ the medicine will increase the effect of​ prescribed medicine.

if​ you​ are pregnant or​ plan to​ become pregnant, you​ should not take ginkgo biloba.

Side Effects:

The possible side effects of​ the medicine include

• Ginkgo biloba may cause some gastrointestinal disorders.
• Ginkgo biloba increases the risk of​ bleeding and​ if​ you​ have or​ had any blood clotting disorder, you​ should not take ginkgo biloba.
• The other common​ side effects of​ ginkgo biloba may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, headache and​ restlessness.

if​ you​ observe any of​ the side effect as​ mentioned above or​ any other side effect, you​ should stop taking ginkgo biloba and​ consult your​ doctor.

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