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