Ginkgo biloba benefits and side effects

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Ginkgo Overview

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo is an herb which is only found in the wild in China, but is cultivated across the world. The leaves are generally used to make “extracts” that are used as medicine. However, a few medicines are made from the seed, but these are not well studied.

Is one of the longest living tree species in the world. Ginkgo trees can live as long as a thousand years.

Ginkgo biloba is one of the top-selling herbs in the United States.You may want to avoid adding ginkgo biloba if you are taking daily doses of vitamin E, aspirin, ibuprofen, or any blood-thinning medication and prior to surgery. Recent studies indicate that ginkgo biloba extracts may cause excessive bleeding when combined with other blood-thinning agents. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends consulting with your doctor before using any ginkgo products. To play it safe, also consult with your doctor before taking other complementary and alternative medicines; herbs or supplements.

Benefits

Often used for memory disorders including Alzheimer’s disease.
used for conditions that seem to be due to reduced bloodflow in the brain, especially in older people
memory loss, headache, ringing in the ears, vertigo, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and hearing disorders.

  1. Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s
  2. Memory loss
  3. Headache
  4. Ringing in the ears
  5. Vertigo
  6. Poor blood flow in the body
  7. Raynaud’s syndrome
  8. Depression
  9. Sexual Performance
  10. Glaucoma
  11. Diabetes eye disease
  12. Macular Degeneration
  13. Asthma
  14. Bronchitis

Side Effects

Ginkgo LEAF EXTRACT is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth for most people when used in appropriate doses. It can cause some minor side effects such as stomach upset, headache, dizziness, constipation, forceful heartbeat, and allergic skin reactions.

There is some concern that ginkgo leaf extract might increase the risk of liver and thyroid cancers. However, this has only occurred in animals given extremely high doses of ginkgo. There is not enough information to know if it could happen in humans.

Ginkgo fruit and pulp can cause severe allergic skin reactions and irritation of mucous membranes. Ginkgo might cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, mango rind, or cashew shell oil.

There is some concern that ginkgo leaf extract might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Ginkgo thins the blood and decreases its ability to form clots. A few people taking ginkgo have had bleeding into the eye and into the brain, and excessive bleeding following surgery. Ginkgo leaf extract can cause allergic skin reactions in some people.

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you can find more detail info at www.webmd.com