Also known as the maidenhair tree, gingko is a living fossil, and is a completely unique species of tree, having no relatives. This tree is native to China, after which, it got introduced to the world as a powerful traditional medicine.
Gingko biloba is also known for its amazing strength and vitality; the nuclear blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki wiped out probably every living thing possible, yet 6 gingko biloba trees still survive as witnesses for the blast. Gingko trees also survive well in the dusty, polluted urban environment, which is why they can be good choices for cities which lack natural shade and wildlife.
The potential medicinal uses of gingko biloba are many; here we’ve listed down a few of them
- The wonderful nootropic properties of gingko biloba are thought to be effective natural memory and concentration tonics. Supplementation of this herb is believed to prevent dementia, which leads to Alzheimer’s disease.
- The leaves of this tree have been found to contain valuable flavonoids that boost health and improve cognition.
- Some studies have also found gingko extracts to be an effective tonic for the reproductive system. Men suffering from erectile dysfunction can benefit by taking gingko biloba as an herbal treatment.
- Gingko extracts also help promote sexual strength in women and boost libido among women who experience loss of libido after menopause.
- The extracts of this tree are also believed to be effective against certain eye problems including macular degeneration and glaucoma.
- Some research has also found that the extracts of this plant may help promote blood circulation.
- It is believed that gingko extracts could protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, and thereby prevent conditions such as cancer, renal disease, cardiovascular problems, central nervous system disorders and more.
- The World Health Organization has also found gingko extracts to be effective in the treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive diseases and cerebrovascular insufficiency. Those suffering from memory and concentration troubles, headaches and other problems can also benefit by taking the gingko biloba in the supplemental form.