A Critical Overview Of Ginkgo Or Ginko

Ginkgo, an herb, has leaves that are widely used to produce “extracts” which are popularly known as certain medicine. Only a few particular medicines have been made from its seed. However, these medicines are not clinically supervised or well studied.

Why Ginkgo is used?

Different types of memory disorders along with Alzheimer’s disease may be treated well by this herb. Sometimes, human brains suffer from a reduced level of blood flow to it, and this causes certain critical conditions which can be treated by Ginko. Such brain issues are common among older people. Common critical conditions may include headache, vertigo, loss of memory, ringing in the ears, hearing disorders, mood disturbances and difficulty concentrating.


Gingku nutsGinkgo is also used for many other problems which are directly related to poor or reduced blood flow in one’s body. Common issues include feeling pain in leg when walking is called claudication and Reynaud’s syndrome which is a painful and aching response to cold, especially in one’s toes and the fingers. Ginkgo leaves are also widely used for the prevention of thinking disorders associated with depression and Lyme disease. For a number of different ocular issues, such as diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration or AMD and glaucoma, Ginko has been intensively tried for years with some notable accomplishments.

“Ginkgo helps enhance sexual performance– fact or hype?”

Along with the above uses, Ginko has earned a great name to be a good solution for people who have been suffering from sexual performance problems for several years. Some people are accustomed to taking particular antidepressants like SSRIs which may cause sexual performance issues, and Ginkgo is often used to reverse the issues.

Other distinct uses of the herb:

So far, a lot of ways have been discovered to make use of Ginko. So, the list of its direct or indirect uses is pretty long.  One possible reason of this tremendous utility can be its existence as an essential herb for so many years. One of the tree species that live longer than the most others is Ginkgo biloba. On an average, Ginkgo trees live around a thousand years. In 2,600 BC, the use of ginkgo as a good medication for bronchitis and asthma was described. Ginkgo leaf extract is a commonly used ingredient in the manufacturing process of cosmetics. In China and Japan, roasted ginkgo seed with pulp removed is known to be an edible and good delicacy in foods. However, one must know that the whole seed can be unsafe to eat.

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Possible interactions:

While using Ginkgo, we must be wary of the fact that it may interact with many of our regularly taken medicines. So, we should take time to check with our respective healthcare provider or doctor when we plan on using it with any medications.

In fine, Ginkgo, as an herb, does not provide much invasive or harmful effects if we can use it with proper knowledge and consultation.