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Information on Ginkgo including the benefits and uses of using Ginkgo. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Ginkgo as part of a holistic approach to health.
   
Ginkgo
 
Botanical name

Ginkgo biloba

 
 
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Modern research has focused on the highly concentrated, standardised Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE), produced from the leaves. More than 400 published studies have been done on GBE, making it one of the best researched of all herbal medicines. In Germany and France it is the most frequently prescribed herbal medicine and is in the top five of all medical prescriptions written in those countries. Ginkgo has anti-allergic, antiinflammatory, smooth muscle relaxant and potent antioxidant activity. It is protective against damage to the cardiovascular and nervous systems, including the brain. It reduces blood clotting tendency and atherosclerosis formation, and improves blood flow and oxygenation to the brain, heart, limbs, eyes and ears.

 
 
Conditions commonly used for
  • Atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular disease
  • Cerebral insufficiency, presenting as mental deterioration or dementia associated with aging, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, vertigo, tinnitus, deafness, disorientation and depression
  • Conditions of poor circulation, including chilblains, Raynaud’s syndrome
  • As a memory aid for study
  • Impotence
  • PMS symptoms of fluid retention, pelvic congestion and breast tenderness.
  • Diabetic complications
  • Allergies
  • Headache and migraine
  • Asthma
 
 
Common dosage range

Standardized extract: 120 mg daily in two to three divided doses of 50:1 extract of the leaf standardized to 24% flavone glycosides.

Initial results often take four to six weeks, but should continue to accumulate beyond that time period. Some dramatic changes may not appear for six months.

 
 
Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Gingko appears to be extremely safe and is well tolerated by most people. No major adverse effects or drug interactions were noted in any clinical trials, and side effects of any kind are rare. The most common side effects are mild gastrointestinal discomfort and headache. However, very large doses may cause diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and restlessness.
  • It has been recommended that Ginkgo not be used with aspirin, warfarin, heparin or other anti-coagulant drugs due to the increased risk of bleeding.
  • The seed/fruit of Ginkgo biloba should not be handled or ingested.
  • There are no known contraindications for pregnancy, but pregnant or lactating women should exercise caution since there is a lack of studies showing Ginkgo’s effects during pregnancy.
 
 
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner or click on the following links for more information.

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this herb, any conditions or therapies mentioned.

A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions. Although many herbal remedies are available over the counter, self-prescribing is not recommended except for minor ailments, and best results will be obtained by seeking the advice of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner. Any plant substance, even those that are used as foods, can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

 
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