Herb of the Month

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo leaf is used for increased brain function, to treat senility and tinnitus, and other benefits of microcirculatory stimulation.

Part Used: Leaf and Nut


  1. To increase brain function and protect against senility, brain damage in stroke, injury or surgical edema.
  2. For vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss due to poor vascularity.
  3. For improved vision, treating macular degeneration, glaucoma and the prevention of diabetic retinopathies; also for inflammatory eye conditions.
  4. For heart health and abnormal clotting of the blood.
  5. For circulatory problems, including edema of the legs and diabetic complications.
  6. For asthma, bronchitis, lung anaphylaxis and inhalant allergies.
  7. As a general anti-oxidant.
  8. Inattentiveness, poor memory, general ADHD symptoms, and as a cerebral antioxidant.
  9. For PMS.
  10. For protection against ulcers
  11. For MS and neuropathies
  12. For impotence
  13. For pancreatitis
  14. For Parkinson’s disease.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), ginkgo has been used medicinally for necturies, the nut more frequently than the leaf.  Ginkgo leaf is tradionally considered to be milder than the nut, less toxic and beneficial for asthma, chronic coughs with mucus, nausea, dizziness, chronic vaginal discharges, and as a general anti-agin tonic.  A tea made from the leaves is a common food staple in Asian folk culture.  The nuts are frequently eaten roasted as well, in the fashion of chestnuts in the West.


Forms:   Standardized Extract  Daily dose 120-160 mg 6-12 weeks to see benefit.  Tea from leaf is not very beneficial.

Systems affected: Upper GI, Circulatory

Biochemical Action:  Gibberellin, cytokinin-like substances, ginkgolic acid, bilobol, ginnol, aspartine, calcium.

Cautions: Not recommended for persons currently taking blood thinning medications.

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