Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ginkgo - Monograph

Common Name – Ginkgo

Botanical Name – Ginkgo Biloba

Parts Used – Leaves and Seeds

Active Constituents – amentoflavone, apigenin, beta carotene, bilobalide, ginkgetin, isorhamnetin, kaempferol, luteoli, myristic acid, p-coumaric acid, porcyanidin, quercetin, shikimic acid, stigmasterol, tannin, thymol.

So what is – good for?

Therapeutic Properties – circulatory tonic, brain tonic, blood thinner, antioxidant

Ginkgo helps to improve brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain. This help to bring oxygen and other nutrients to the brain which in turn helps the brain to function better.

Ginkgo can be helpful in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer`s disease

Ginkgo can be helpful in the treatment of depression, migraines and multiple sclerosis.

Ginkgo can be helpful in the treatment of atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure and diabetes.


Tincture – 10 drops three times a day

GBE – 120-160 mg 2-3 times a day


Should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women

People who take prescription blood thinners or regularly take over the counter pain killers should consult a healthcare provider before taking ginkgo

Research articles with links

A placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial of an extract of Ginkgo biloba for dementia

Clinical efficacy of Ginkgo biloba special extract EGb 761 in dementia of the Alzheimer type

Clinical improvement of memory and other cognitive functions by Ginkgo biloba: review of relevant literature.

After reading all these research articles I think would like to get so ginkgo biloba for myself. Hey if ginkgo can improve not just memory but also alertness now that sounds great.

By the way GBE stands for Ginkgo Biloba Extract

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