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Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba
Parts used: Leaves.
Constituents: Flavonoids; quercitin, flavone glycosides, Diterpenes, Sesquiterpene, Organic acids, Terpenoid compounds.
Actions: Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal, Anti-biotic, Antagonists to PAF, Anti-oedema, Antioxidant.
Opens up peripheral circulation, in diabetes and good for cerebral circulation.
Headaches, prophylactic for strokes, aids concentration, memory and learning process, esp. impaired cerebro-vascular circulation or mental deterioration due to aging, ringing in the ears due to poor circulation.
Reduces prostaglandin and leukotriene synthesis.
Coronary deficiency with angina pectoris, paresthesia, poor vision, varicose veins.
Used in hyper active children, ADD +hydration.
Platelet activating factor (PAF). To decrease capillary permeability, prevent swelling, clotting, Thrombosis, Cerebral oedema.
Aging, premature senility, MS, support in breast and prostate cancer.
Herbal extract: 20-40mL per week.
Surgical concerns: Risk of bleeding, especially when combined with other drugs that inhibit clotting.
Recommendations: Discontinue at least 36 hours before surgery (use Arnica 30C 3 days before and after).
Energetics: Warming, drying, bitter, astringent, sweet.
Meridians: heart, lung, kidney.
Contraindications: Pregnancy Peptic and duodenal ulcers.
Caution: too large a dose suppresses the digestive secretions.
Decoction/Infusion 0,6-2g 3x daily, sip slowly 30-60 minutes prior to meals.