Ginkgo biloba, also known as maidenhead tree is unique in as much as it has no known relatives.
Ginkgo biloba has been known to Man for centuries but has been cultivated in China and North America over the last 1200 years.
This tree was however planted in temples in China over 1500 years ago
This tree is very adaptable and tough and can survive in all kinds of adverse urban conditions.
Apart from providing shade, these trees have several medicinal properties which we shall study in due course.
Ginkgo biloba also has some culinary uses in Chinese cooking.
An example of the toughness of this tree is six trees which grow a couple of kilometers from the 1945 atom bomb site at Hiroshima, Japan and have been growing there since then.
There are several benefits of ginkgo biloba. Some of them are given below:
Ginkgo biloba provides relief in claudication (painful legs due to clogged arteries).
A daily dose of ginkgo biloba is helpful for treating Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
This is also believed to relieve symptoms of mountain sickness.
Ginkgo biloba is use for the treatment of tinnitus.
This herb is also believed to help in treatment for depression and premenstrual syndrome.
Among other benefits of ginkgo biloba, it is thought to be beneficial in glaucoma, Reynaud’s disease, vertigo and vitiligo.
Who can benefit from taking Ginkgo Biloba
As it is a herb, almost anyone can benefit from taking ginkgo biloba. It is however not recommended to give it to children.
It is however, advisable to consult a doctor before taking ginkgo biloba. Also this herb should be taken continuously for no more than 3 months continuously.
Though rare, there is a possibility of a few side effects as a result of taking ginkgo biloba. A few of them are listed below:
Nausea, stomachache, headache of diarrhea may occur after taking this herb.
Some rare cases of bruising, bleeding, and fainting have been reported.
There were some very rare incidents of irregular heartbeat, fainting, slurred speech and paralysis.
A serious allergy is quite uncommon, but rash, swelling and itching have been known to occur.
It is difficult to ascertain an exact dosage of this herb, but recommended doses are about 120 mg to 480 mg daily, which can be split up into twice or thrice.