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GINKGO, Ginkgo biloba
Parts used: Leaves
Constituents: Flavonoids; quercitin, flavone glycosides, Diterpenes, Sesquiterpene, Organic acids, Terpenoid compounds
Actions Indications
Vasodilator 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. Coronary deficiency with angina pectoris, paresthesia, poor vision, varicose veins
Antispasmodic Asthma
Anti-inflammatory Reduces prostaglandin and leukotriene synthesis
Antagonists to PAF Platelet activating factor (PAF), reduces clotting, Thrombosis
Anti-oedema To decrease capillary permeability, prevent swelling, cerebral oedema
Antioxidant Aging, premature senility, MS, support in breast and prostate cancer
  Used in hyper active children, ADD +hydration
Herbal extract, 20-40mL per week
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
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)
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