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Ginkgo Biloba

by: Grahamz

Ginkgo Biloba is also called the Maidenhair Tree. Ginkgo Biloba can be found in parks and along city sidewalks around the world. It may grow as high as 40 meters and live for more than 1,000 years. Ginkgo Biloba, a powerful antioxidant that has detoxifying qualities. Ginkgo Biloba is recognized for its great revitalizing, stimulating, and firming qualities Ginkgo Biloba leaf extracts used in traditional Chinese medicine for many centuries. Ginkgo Biloba is especially popular in Europe; officials in Germany recently approved the extract for treating dementia.

Ginkgo Biloba is perhaps the most widely used herbal treatment aimed. Ginkgo Biloba is gaining recognition as a brain tonic that enhances memory because of its positive effects on the vascular system, especially in the cerebellum. It is also used as a treatment for vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and a variety of neurological disorders and circulation problems. Ginkgo Biloba may help to counteract the effects of aging, including mental fatigue and lack of energy.

Ginkgo Biloba Purpose:

Ginkgo Biloba herb is a useful and demonstrated tonic for numerous diseases caused by restricted blood flow. European physicians advise the extract for treatment of Raynaud''s disease, a condition of impaired circulation to the fingers. It is also suggested to treat alternating claudicating, a circulatory condition that results in aching cramping of the calf muscles in the leg and impairs the ability to walk. German herbalists recommend ingesting the extract for treatment of leg ulcers, and large doses are used to treat varicose veins. Ginkgo is broadly recommended in Europe for the treatment of stroke. Ginkgo extract also acts to reduce destructive free-radicals in the body, and has been shown to be capable in treatment of premenstrual syndrome, relieving affectionate or painful breasts.

Ginkgo Biloba leaves have two groups of chemicals.
Flavenoids - Flavenoids aids capillary function and has powerful antioxidants.
Terpenoids - Terpenoids can control platelet-activiating.

Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals, damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Free radicals take place naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet light, radiation, cigarette smoking, and air pollution) can also boost the number of these damaging particles..

Ginkgo does decrease platelet function occasionally.
For patients taking Ginkgo, their physician can monitor their platelet function.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using ginkgo preparations.
Ginkgo should be avoided two days before and one to two weeks after surgery to avoid bleeding complications.

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