Gingko is a herbal plant often used in a variety of recipes. The leaves of the plant are commonly used to make medicines. Sometimes the seeds may be used too, although, it isn’t common for medicines to have extracts of the Gingko seed.

Functions of Gingko

  • Gingko is especially useful in the treatment and prevention of age related diseases like Alzheimer’s. That is because it can slow down memory loss or loss of basic skills and functions in older people. For maximum effect though the medicine needs to be had before the actual onset of the disease.
  • Gingko is also useful in reducing the mental decline of people suffering from Dementia.
  • It is also useful in sharpening mental abilities, memory and concentration skills in younger people.
  • Gingko can help normalize blood flow and is therefore useful in reducing pain in people who suffer from leg pain due to walking or reduced blood flow.
  • It is useful in the treatment of balance related problems in people.
  • It is also useful in the treatment of premenstrual symptoms and can reduce breast tenderness during the menstrual cycle.
  • If consumed regularly Gingko can protect the heart, the nerves, blood vessels and retina from damage.
  • It is good for improving distance vision in people with weak eyes. It can additionally improve color vision in people suffering from blood sugar problems or diabetes.
  • Similarly, Gingko is also useful in the treatment and prevention of Glaucoma.
  • It can reduce the side effects of medicines often used in the treatment of depression, anxiety and related disorders.
  • It is also said to be useful in the treatment of attention deficit disorder.
  • It can reduce the occurrence of blood clots by normalizing blood flow.
  • Gingko is useful in the treatment of heart diseases and high cholesterol.
  • It can prevent or reduce the hardening of arteries.
  • It can be used to treat a varied range of mental problems because it neutralizes chemicals in the brain.
  • It is also helpful in treating mountain sickness in people who are afraid of heights.
  • Since it improves blood flow or circulation it can help the eyes, ears, brain and immune system function better.
  • It contains certain elements that kill bacteria and fungi thereby reducing infections.

Tips and Warnings

  • Gingko is considered safe for most people.
  • However, with constant use it may lead to minor side effects.
  • These side effects primarily include stomach pains, headaches, dizziness, constipation, forceful heartbeat, certain skin reactions etc.
  • Too much Gingko can cause easy bleeding and bruising since it may thin the blood.
  • Gingko should not be used before or after surgery because this can lead to excessive bleeding.
  • The seeds contain elements that may lead to seizures or loss of consciousness.
  • Pregnant women and those who are nursing newborn babies should avoid Gingko.
  • If you suffer from seizures or epilepsy then avoid taking Gingko.