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Ginkgo or Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgoaceae - Ginkgo Family)
Ginkgo is derived from the Japanese word ginkyo, meaning "silver apricot", referring to the fruit, which is eaten in Japan. biloba translates as "two-lobed", referring to the split-in-the-middle character of its fan-shaped leaf blades.
Once thought to be extinct, Ginkgo was discovered in China in the mid-1700s and is now dispersed throughout the world, having lived on Earth for over 150 million years.
The first mentioned use of Ginkgo biloba appears in China. Ginkgo leaf is first mentioned in Lan Mao's Dian Nan Ben Cao, published in 1436 during the Ming dynasty. Lan Mao notes external use to treat skin and head sores as well as freckles. Internal use of the leaves is first noted in Liu Wen-Tai's Ben Cao Pin Hui Jing Yao , an imperial commissioned work recorded in 1505. Liu Wen Tai notes use of the leaves in the treatment of diarrhea. The leaves of ginkgo are known in Chinese medicine as bai-guo-ye. Recent clinical reports in modern China suggest that the leaves lower serum cholesterol levels and have some clinical value in angina pectoris.
In Traditional Chinese pharmacopeia the seeds (with fleshy rind removed) are considered more important than the leaves. The nut, called Pak Ko, is recommended to expel phlegm, stop wheezing and coughing, urinary incontinence and spermatorrhea. The raw seed is said to help bladder ailments, menorrhea, uterine fluxes, and cardiovascular ailments. The powdered leaf is inhaled for ear, nose, and throat disorders like bronchitis and chronic rhinitis. Locally applied boiled leaves are used for chilblains.. The seeds are used as an astringent for the lung, to stop asthma and enuresis.
Ginkgo leaves are a Chinese herb that has been used much more in the West than in its homeland. Over five hundred scientific studies on the chemistry, pharmacology and clinical effects of gingko leaves have been conducted by European researchers over the last 20 to 30 years. The majority of studies on ginkgo leaf extract have involved a product produced by a German/French consortium
Alzheimer's Disease / age-related dementia: Ginkgo extracts appear to be capable of stabilizing and, in some cases, improving the cognitive performance of patients with schizophrenia. Based on a quantitative analysis of the literature there is a small but significant effect of 3 to 6 month treatment with 120 to 240 mg of Gbe on objective measures of cognitive function in Alzheimer's Disease
EGb could be observed with respect to cognitive performance and social functioning regardless of the stage of dementia, whether mild or moderately severe. However, the relative changes from baseline measured at endpoint depended heavily on the severity at baseline. Improvement was observed in the group of patients with very mild to mild cognitive impairment, while in more severe dementia, the mean EGb effect should be considered more in terms of stabilization or slowing down of worsening, as compared to the greater deterioration observed with placebo".
Further research in the area will need to determine if there are functional improvements and to determine the best dosage. Additional research will be needed to define which ingredients in the ginkgo extract are producing its effect in individuals with AD. A recent study makes clear that EGb treatment may enhance the effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs and reduce their extrapyramidal side effects ( Zhang, Yale University School of Medicine, 2001 ).
Cardiovascular Disease: Treatment with Ginkgo biloba extract lowers fibrinogen levels and decreases plasma viscosity.
Cerebral vascular insufficiency and impaired cerebral performance: Administration of EGb has been shown to improve a variety of conditions associated with cognitive functions, particularly for memory loss, attention, alertness, vigilance, reaction times and depressive mood. A recent australian study indicates significant improvements in speed of information processing working memory and executive processing attributable to the EGb.
Other therapeutic applications include:
Congestive symptoms of premenstrual syndrome: Ginkgo extract was effective for the treatment of the congestive (particularly breast symptoms) and neuropsychological symptoms of PMS. Intermittent Claudication: A recent meta-analysis found a significant difference in the increase in pain-free walking distance in favor of Ginkgo biloba (weighted mean difference: 34 meters ). In studies using similar methodological features (ergometer speed: 3 km/h, inclination: 12%) this difference was 33 meters in favor of Ginkgo biloba. Vertigo / Equilibrium Disorder / Prevention of altitude sickness. Tinnitus (ringing in the ear). An overview of results of 19 clinical trials shows a statistically significant superiority of treatment with the Gbe 761 as compared with placebo or reference drugs applied of periods of 1 to 3 months. " Therapeutic success was not directly correlated with either the genesis or the duration of tinnitus. However, investigations of prognostic factors revealed that short-standing disorders have a better prognosis, so that better results can be expected from early-onset treatment." Liver Fibrosis: Ginkgo biloba was shown to be effective in arresting the development of liver fibrosis associated with chronic hepatitis B. Macular degeneration: In spite of the small population sample, a statistically significant improvement in long distance visual acuity was observed in patients with macular degeneration.
Ginkgo Biloba Enhanced Memory FormulaThis "wonder herb", used for centuries has recently been accepted and proven by Western medicine. Ginkgo Biloba will improve circulation, increase blood flow to the brain and improve short term memory and alertness. Antioxidant properties of Ginkgo Biloba are also noted to help alleviate depression. If you constantly canít find your keys, or forget why you walked into a room, then put the natural herb enhanced memory properties of Ginkgo Biloba to work for you!
GINKGO BILOBA Brain Stimulant:
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GINKGO BILOBA Brain Stimulant:
STIMULATES BRAIN & IMPROVES CIRCULATION
Ideal for ELDERLY, OFFICE WORKERS & STUDENTS
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ALL NATURAL ANTIOXIDANTThe Ginkgo Biloba tree and it's extract is over 200 million years old and is used extensively in China and Japan as an aid to old age.
Herb with no toxicity, improves memory, protects the heart and restores blood circulation; heals hearing and vision; fights common allergies; and preserves health and vitality.
Ginkgo combats vertigo, depression, macular degeneration of the eye and even organ transplant rejection by improving related blood circulation. Ginkco increases blood flow to the capillaries and increases cellular glucose uptake (essential for brain function) It also improves transmission of nerve cells, inhibits platelet clumping (as an antioxidant) and enhances energy production inside the cells themselves.
RESEARCH & STUDIES:The Ginkgo Biloba tree and it's extract is over 200 million years old and is used extensively in China and Japan as an aid to old age.
Recent L.A. Times Article mentions ginkgo biloba may effectively slow or inhibit the effects of Alzheimers Disease.
There are numerous studies covering the positive benefits and importance of ginkgo biloba to proper body functioning and optimized health.
DOSES & DIRECTIONS:Directions:
Adults, as a dietary supplement, 2 capsules daily or as directed by health care professional.
Keep tightly closed in a cool dry place.
Excipients: Rice Flour Contains no artificial preservatives, coloring, flavors, salt soy, sugar, starch, wheat or yeast
Each capsule contains: Ginkgo Biloba... ...60 mgs. Guaranteed at 24% (Ginkgoflavoglycosides)
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