Gingko biloba is effective in cases of early stage dementia such as for alzheimer's disease. Gingko biloba is a very popular herbal medicine and is one of the top 10 herbal medicines in the
U.S. It is commonly used in the treatment of vascular dementia, peripheral claudication, and tinnitus of vascular origin.

Gingko biloba has been used as a herbal medicine for several thousand years. This herb is actually a tree. In fact, it was first used as an ornamental tree in Europe during the early part of the 18th century. This tree is actually a deciduous conifer tree with female and male forms. In the 1980’s, Western medicine first took notice of ginkgo biloba when studies were made to determine its healing abilities. Studies to-date have investigated the efficacy of ginkgo for treating cerebrovascular disease and dementia and systematic reviews show that the herb can actually help improve the dementia symptoms.

Both the leaves and the seeds of this tree are used to fight various ailments.The seeds of this tree include fatty acids, bioflavones, and minerals, while the leaves contain lactones, sitosterol, glycosides, and anthocyanins.

The leaves are used for stimulating the circulatory system, as an anti-inflammatory, and relaxing blood vessels. Circulatory diseases are commonly treated with gingko biloba, in addition to
increasing the flow of blood to the brain. Some research experts say that ginkgoglide is just as effective as a prescription drug in treating irregular heartbeats. You can also the leaves of the gingko treat to treat leg ulcers, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.

Ginkgo tree’s seeds are used quite frequently in Chinese medicine. They are popularly known as bai gou in China and Asia. They are used to help relieve asthmatic symptoms nd any other chest problems associated with the production of phlegm. Herbalists often use the ginkgo seeds to help treat incontinence and excessive urination by toning up the urinary system.

Many traditional herbalists use infusions, fluid extracts, and tinctures made from the ginkgo biloba leaves to treat a wide variety of ailments. In Europe, extract of ginkgo biloba are widely used to treat elderly patients cases of cerebral arteriosclerosis. Other herbs, including linden and periwinkle, may be added to the fresh ginkgo biloba to help treat the symptoms of many circulatory system problems. Combining the ginkgo biloba leaves with king’s clover is widely done to help remedy disorders of the veins. An infusion of ginkgo biloba is sometimes even used as a wash to help remedy hemorrhoids and varicose ulcers.

In conclusion, gingko biloba offers many wondrous benefits against the backdrop of an aging population looking for help in dementia and vasculopathy cases. However, do thread with caution with the use of this herbal medicine. You should not take a higher than recommended dosage because there can be side effects like headaches, skin problems, or other more serious problems. Also, some herbs increase the risk of bleeding if used together with ginkgo biloba. These herbs include feverfew, garlic, ginseng, red clover and dong quai. As such, always administer gingko biloba carefully, with the advice from your doctor or herbalist.

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Evelyn Lim publishes a newsletter on herbal home remedies. She draws on her knowledge about Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western herbs to do her research. To gain access to her newsletter and to obtain a free MP3 download on Herbs for Health, please visit