An Herb For Thought: Ginko Biloba
Ginkgo has been attached to many potential benefits, but perhaps one of the most significant is its ability to improve blood flow to the eyes especially in those suffering from macular degeneration. It can also be valuable to your ears as numerous studies have suggested it can help prevent tinnitus and inner ear disturbances as well as a number of other condition.
Benefits and Side Effects of Ginkgo Biloba
Aches and pains or muscle cramps can be a sign of poor blood circulation, or intermittent claudication (IC). Your doctor will routinely prescribe exercise to remedy this but many times the aches and pains are just too much for exercise. Poor blood circulation is commonly caused by cholesterol build up in the arteries and taking Ginkgo can dilate, or open up smaller arteries and improve blood flow.
Since Ginkgo has natural blood thinning properties it should not be taken with any other anticoagulant medications. Do not take Ginkgo biloba with Aspirin, Clopidogrel, Heparin, or Warfarin.
Studies have shone that Ginkgo biloba can help improve vision with people that have glaucoma and other age-related macular degenerations. Again, the potent antioxidants in the Ginkgo herb fight the free radicals that attack cell membranes
Ginkgo has been touted as an aid to increase memory, decrease depression, and help improve damaged nerves caused by Alzheimer’s disease. By dilating blood vessels throughout the body Ginkgo helps improve the circulation and allows for more oxygen and nutrients to reach the brain, in theory helping the brain perform at its peak.
Do not take Ginkgo with anti-convulsants or antidepressants. And as always consult your family doctor before you take Ginkgo for any of the above ailments.
Another benefit of Ginkgo Biloba is a possible remedy for Tinnitus. Tinnitus is that constant ringing, buzzing, hissing noise in your head that can drive you crazy. It’s caused when there is too little blood flow to the hair cells in your inner ear and those cells begin to break down and die. This is just another example of where increasing blood flow through the use of the Ginkgo herb.
“An Herb For Thought” is a new column written for The Sleuth Journal, to inspire people to look into the use of natural remedies through herbs for common ailments.
Written by Dr. Is-In
DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that not all herbal supplements are appropriate for all people, so check with a licensed physician or your nutritionist before attempting to use any of the herbs mentioned in this column.