Ginkgo is an ancient tree that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Today, it is most commonly used for improving memory. It has also been used for macular degeneration, tinnitus, anxiety, and leg cramps.
Ginkgo biloba, native to China, is the only plant left of the Ginkgophyta. All of the other species are extinct! It is a living fossil that has survived 270 million years!
Multiple human studies were found on the use of ginkgo to help with memory, including dementia and Alzheimer's disease. A few human studies have also shown it may help with depression and anxiety. Further, some human studies were found assessing ginkgo for ringing in the ears, visual impairments, and altitude sickness. These conditions maybe improved related to increasing blood flow. Ginkgo was also mentioned in studies as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and to reduce cholesterol; more research is needed. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Ginkgo biloba
Other Common Names: Fossil tree, Japanese silver apricot, kew tree
Ginkgo is a tall deciduous tree with fan shaped,bi-lobed smooth leaves. It is unusual because it is nonflowering.
Leaf extractions are made. Roasted seeds have also been used. As a tea, steep 1 tsp of the leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 7 minutes; strain and drink. Adults can drink up to two cups a day.
Flavonoid glycosides, rutin, querciten, terpenoids, and proanthocyanidins