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 GINKO BILOBA POWDER TEA (Ginko biloba) -  2 OZ / 60 gr

 

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Ethnomedical Uses: Ginkgo biloba has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Today, it is one of the top selling herbs in the United States. The seed has been used for approximately 3000 years in China for it''s curative powers. It was traditionally used for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory ailments. More recently, extensive research on the herb has been conducted on the healing properties of the leaf extract. Germany and France have run literally hundreds of studies on the leaf extract. These studies along with similar studies in America, have shown significant results.

Properties/Actions Documented by Research: The extract of Ginkgo biloba has been studied for its effectiveness in the treatment of Acrocyanosis, Alzheimer's disease, Cerebral atherosclerosis, Cerebral insufficiencies, Cochlear deafness, Dementia, Depression, Menopause, Peripheral and cerebral circulatory stimulation, Peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud's syndrome, Retinopathy, Senility, Short-term memory loss, Tinnitus, Vascular Diseases, and Vertigo (see Clinical Studies). It is a commonly prescribed herb in Brazil and Europe and is often used as one source of phytomedicines. Although not definitive, there is promising early evidence favoring the use of ginkgo for memory enhancement in healthy subjects, altitude (mountain) sickness, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduction of chemotherapy-induced end-organ vascular damage.

Cautions: The herb is generally well tolerated, but due to multiple case reports of bleeding, should be used cautiously in patients on anticoagulant therapy, with known coagulopathy, or prior to some surgical or dental procedures.

Drug Interactions: Ginkgo Biloba tend to have anti clotting effect and it increases the circulation, so care should be taken when using it along the blood diluting drugs such as Warfrin, Heparin, Aspirin or any other medicine.If used along these serious adverse effects can happen like intracranial hemorrhage. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using ginkgo preparations. Antihypertensive medications - Ginkgo may decrease blood pressure, so use of ginkgo along with prescription antihypertensive medications should be monitored by a health care provider. There has been a report of an interaction between Ginkgo and Nifedipine which is a calcium channel blocking drug used for blood pressure and arrhythmias. Cylosporine - Ginkgo Biloba may help protect the cells of the body during treatment with the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine.

How to use/ Preparation: A leaf tea or infusion is the standard preparation, utilizing 2-4 g in 150 ml of hot water. General dosages recommended are the equivalent of 2 g once or twice daily.


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