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This is the “tree of a hundred crowns” (the colour of the bright yellow leaves in the fall). This is a unique representative of the Mesozoic era (200 million years) which can reach 40m high, live 4000 years, withstand extreme temperatures, microorganisms of all kinds and the most diverse pollutions (even the atomic bomb on Hiroshima). In Asia it is called a “living fossil”! As it has a very slow growth, it has a unique reproductive system since there are Ginkgo biloba males and females. The male tree releases pollen grains and females carry eggs which can be confused with fruits (foul-smelling and irritating) and grouped by two. It is very rare to see a plant openly expose her femininity. Its fruits, that are orange-yellow, fall to the ground. The pulp rots in the sun in the summer and autumn and a sort of almond appears which reveals itself to be an egg. It then waits for the male to fertilize it, which he does only in the winter, after having made Mrs Ginkgo yearn for him… As fertilization takes place outside the tree, it excludes the female from cities where they are trampled by passers by, making sidewalks very slippery. Macho you said?
Ginkgo biloba is native to China where only the fruit was used (golden apricot) as an antitussive, expectorant, anti-asthmatic and for inflammations of the bladder. It is sacred and symbolizes Yin and Yang. It was only imported into Europe in the 18th century. The name “biloba” comes from the notch which is visible on young leaves that appear bilobed.
In India, it is a long life elixir. It is said that using the leaves as bookmarks can protect books against micro-organisms.
Antioxidant properties: rich in flavonoids, free radical scavenger, Ginkgo biloba acts as cellular anti-aging, both at membrane and molecular levels.
• The bud of Ginkgo biloba increases the resistance of arterial membranes and promotes their elasticity. It also plays a role in preventing capillary fragility and arteriosclerosis.
• A venous and lymphatic tonic, Ginkgo biloba is also useful in cases of:
• It thins the blood by reducing platelet aggregation. It is opposed to the formation of blood clots, thus reducing the risk of thrombosis.
• The decongestant action allows it to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and to act in cases of dysmenorrhea. Ginkgo biloba relieves muscle cramps (athletes), uterine spasms and contractions due to childbirth.
• Its action on micro capillary and eye muscles makes it an optimal treatment in cases of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and retinal diseases such as macular degeneration.
• Ginkgo biloba increases oxygenation and improves the diffusion of oxygen to the blood vessel walls. With this, it improves glucose utilization and energy production available to brain cells. Therefore, it also improves:
• Ginkgo biloba improves the functioning of neurotransmitters in the brain and is therefore indicated for:
2. Senility disorders and general cerebral insufficiency
• It improves certain balance disorders and tinnitus due to circulatory problems.
• Ginkgo biloba has shown to be effective in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease by improving cerebral circulation, normalizing the acetylcholine receptors in the hippocampus and protecting neurons against toxicity of beta-amyloids. It would also appear to provide a stabilizing effect in Parkinson’s disease.
Anti-inflammatory action: Ginkgo improves peripheral circulation of the lower limbs (intermittent claudication) and microcirculation (Raynaud’s disease). It also improves disorders due to occlusion of the coronary arteries (angina).
Action on immunity: it tempers overreactions of the immune system who are responsible for certain inflammations (arthritis, asthma, eczema, etc.) as well as certain allergic manifestations.
Ginkgo biloba has an effective anti-fibrosique activity in degenerative diseases or after radiotherapy (radiation fibrosis).
Antidiabetic action: Ginkgo biloba increases insulin secretion from the pancreas and can therefore normalize new moderate diabetes. Its effects on circulation can mitigate the consequences of advanced diabetes such as vision problems, varicose ulcers, gangrene, etc.
Precautions: Because of its action on coagulation, Ginkgo biloba is not recommended for people using anticoagulants. An interaction with anxiolytics and antidepressants is possible (MAOIs) and will prevent simultaneous use.
Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist.
Please consult a health practitioner before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Side effects: No known toxicity in therapeutic doses.
Dosage: Adults and children (12 years and over): 10-30 drops, one to three times per day.
30 ml, 50 ml, 120 ml