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Opening the Gates of Life: Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo has been used as a food and medicine for more than 4000 years, and traditional Chinese herbalists still rely on the plant for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, and brain disorders. Often called a living fossil, the magnificent Ginkgo Biloba tree is the last survivor of its botanical family. In fact, it is the oldest living tree species known to humankind and individual trees may live as long as 1000 years. Beautiful and hearty, it is widely planted today as an ornamental and can be found lining the streets of many American cities. The remarkable effects of Ginkgo Biloba on brain function and circulation have made this tree one of the most extensively studied and widely used botanicals in the world. Benefits of Ginkgo: it improves memory and cognitive function and can help alleviate circulatory disorders and conditions of the eyes and ears. In clinical studies, standardized Ginkgo extract has proven effective in improving brain function and quality of life in people with Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia. The extract has been show to improve circulation to the limbs, reducing symptoms such as coldness, numbness, and cramping. Benefits have also been reported in ear and eye conditions that include tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and dimming vision due to oxygen deprivation. No other known circulation enhancer, natural or synthetic, can increase blood flow not only to healthy areas of the brain, but also to areas already damaged by disease or injury. In addition, Ginkgo’s powerful antioxidant effects have earned it an international reputation as an “anti-aging” herb. Please consult a health practitioner before taking any herbal medication. Ginkgo Biloba is a gift of nature that can help some people to once again “open the gates of life.”
Urban Shaman