Ginkgo is bitter in taste and stimulating and warming in action. It increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain and vascular extremities while increasing nutrient and oxygen absorption by nerve tissue.
The ginkgo tree is a fascinating and beautiful living entity, reputed to have survived the Ice Age. Ginkgo’s primary actions are to increase blood supply. It has shown a powerful effect on various aspects of brain and nerve function in more than 500 studies.
Some of its major uses include the treatment of vertigo and neurological disorders, memory and concentration problems, and diminished intellectual capacity due to poor circulation. It may also delay the onset of Alzheimer’s diseases. It is very useful for improving mental alertness and mood in some elderly patients. Ginkgo can also be used to treat tinnitus, but it takes a few months for results to manifest.
Use cautiously with anticoagulant drugs. Do not use with pharmaceutical MAO inhibitors. Avoid use prior to surgery, except as noted for bypass surgery. Not recommended while taking blood-thinning medications.