The Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko-BilobaThe ginkgo biloba tree has been around since ancient times.  This is a tree which can live for over one thousand years and can grow over 130 feet tall.  The leaves of this plant were originally used in traditional Chinese medicine and in Chinese cooking since the Ginkgo Biloba once grew only in parts of Asia.

Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba are many and it is thought there are even more benefits from the use of Ginkgo Biloba still to be discovered.

The supplements of ginkgo are among the best selling herbal medications today.  There is some evidence that ginkgo can improve, for about 6 months, some functioning in those suffering dementia.  This is due to the fact that ginkgo aids with good blood circulation to the brain.  Ginkgo does not appear to improve memory functions for those who are healthy.

Other benefits of ginkgo include relief of some anxiety problems,  improvement in painful legs which are caused by clogged arteries,  help with depression, poor concentration, headaches, vertigo or dizziness.  Ginkgo may also assist with some eye problems such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. It is also used to aid with sexual performance problems, to assist with bladder problems,  and to assist with bed wetting.

Since ginkgo thins the blood and lowers the clotting ability of  blood it is not recommended for those who take blood thinners or have any kind of bleeding disorder.

If you are allergic to poison ivy or similar plants you may be allergic to the ginkgo plant.

Side effects of ginkgo include stomach upset, dizziness, constipation, headache, vomiting, restlessness or diarrhea.  Additionally, if you have diabetes you will need to closely monitor  your blood sugar if taking ginkgo.  If you have ever had a seizure do not take ginkgo.

Do not begin to take Ginkgo or any other herbal supplement until you consult with your health care professional.  You then need to  follow their advice as to whether or not the supplement is right for you.