Ginkgo

Posted by -Holistic Hearth on 14th Oct 2020

Ginkgo

Also known as the "silver apricot" because of the color of its fruits, the family Ginkgoaceae, is believed to have been on earth for around 270 million years. Today, Ginkgo biloba, is the only living species from the division Ginkgophyta, which started to phase out around 65 million years ago. Native to China, the "tree of longevity" was defined as a living fossil by Darwin and might get one of its common names from its near invulnerability to pests, pollution, frost, and even fire.

This ancient tree has been used in natural medicine for thousands of years and it supplies many health benefits to those that supplement with it. The parts used are the leaves and seeds and the leaves are harvested in the fall, just after they begin to turn yellow.

A long standing herbal remedy in Chinese medicine, Ginkgo is primarily sought after for its cognitive enhancements for memory retention and improvement, but also can be utilized in some cases for bronchitis, hypertension and asthma. Gingko has shown to improve the efficiency of neurotransmission, with actually improving memory, and reducing stress and anxiety by preserving serotonin and dopamine along with lowering the stress hormone, cortisol.

Other notable properties about this herb include supporting the circulatory system by improving blood pressure and heart health, improving skin health, slowing hair loss, improving libido, fighting inflammation, and supporting your vision.

Individuals should avoid Ginkgo if they're using blood thinners or taking alongside other medications, and side effects might include dizziness or constipation.