The Ginkgo Biloba tree is one of the oldest trees known to mankind. Over centuries extracts from it have built a reputation for assisting with circulatory disorders – particularly those affecting circulation to the extremities of the body.
There are even claims that the herb has been instrumental in slowing down the onset of Dementia. It is estimated that some 35 million people world wide suffer from some form of Dementia! That’s quite frightening!
There are varying degrees of support for Ginkgo with the results of one clinical study not able to find a positive effect on Alzheimers, by the herb.
There is a large amount of positive opinion about its beneficial effects on circulation – particularly to the extremities like the hands, feet, genital areas and of course the brain.
I will only talk about products I personally have had experience with. A Standardized extract of Ginkgo Biloba from a quality manufacturer is a good option – which I am happy to endorse.
My own opinion is that Ginkgo tinctures (alcohol based extracts) are of limited value as this particular herb is quite difficult to extract at the required strengths – unless it is standardized to contain a minimum of the active ingredients.
Its important to “stick to your guns” with some of these herbs as benefits may take some weeks or even a month or two, to start showing positive effects.
It’s worth remembering though that this herbs reported benefits – in my opinion – far outweigh any concerns regarding other blood thinning medication, but it is important that you make your family physician aware that you are going to take the herb if you are on blood thinning medication.
There is significant evidence out there to support the fact that Ginkgo Biloba may have beneficial effects on short term memory loss – for instance.