Medicinal use:

Ginkgo is a medicinal herb used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat brain-related disorders. Ginkgo extracts contain antioxidant properties, which is useful for the brain, retina and cardiovascular system which prevents the age-related problems of brain functionalities. Gingko boosts the oxygen supply to the brain and protects sensitive neurons of the brain. Ginkgo increases both short-term and long-term memory in people with age-related memory impairment or impairment in learning and thinking ability. Ginkgo leaves extracts works as an effective anti-inflammatory agent in Alzheimer’s patients. It is also used to treat hearing disorders and blood pressure.

About the plant:

Ginkgo is a long-living tree and is considered to be world’s oldest living species of tree. It is native to China but also found in Korea, Japan, and North America. Ginkgo tree widely planted around temple sites in Japan, Korea and considered to be sacred. It is a beautiful tree and often grows up to 40meters tall and has fan-shaped light green leaves, they turn in to yellow colour in summer.

How to grow:

The ginkgo grows in sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils. It doesn’t grow well in hot, dry climates. Dig a hole for ginkgo plant, fill the bottom with a 2-inch layer of compost. Ginkgo does not need fertilizer to thrive. Ginkgo tree must receive full sun, they grow poorly in the shade. Keep the soil moist during its first three to five years.

Parts used:

Leaves

How to use:

For memory-related problems, take 120 to 240mg of ginkgo supplement daily. To improve memory in older adults take 40-120mg, three times a day.

Side effects:

Ginkgo may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Avoid using in case of bleeding disorders.

Caution:

Don’t eat ginkgo seeds or unprocessed ginkgo leaves because they’re toxic.

Common names:

Ginkgo, Duck’s foot tree, Maidenhair, Icho (Japanese), Eunhaeng (Korean), Arbre aux quarante écus (French), Yinxing (Chinese).

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24499319