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Nom scientifique : Ginkgo biloba

Synonyms : ginkgo tree, maidenhair tree

Part(s) used 

Leaves

Principal constituents 

Flavonoids, ginkgolides and bilobalides

Recognized therapeutic effects 

  • Treats claudication in the lower limbs
  • Alleviates blood circulation problems affecting the extremities: fingers, toes, nose and ear lobes (Raynaud’s disease)
  • Stimulates memory and concentration. Corrects symptoms of pathological cognitive deficit in the elderly
  • Treats vertigo and diminished auditory acuity of ischaemic origin (due to stoppage or reduction in blood supply to a tissue or organ)
  • Relieves ringing in the ears
  • Treats senility and the symptoms of the early phase of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improves vasoregulation

Traditional use 

  • Relieves asthma
  • Relieves coughs
  • Facilitates expectoration
  • Relieves urinary disorders
  • Improves lung function
  • Improves brain function
  • Treats diarrhea
  • Treats sores

Contraindications 

  • Blood disorders and hemophilia
  • Less than 36 hours before a surgical operation
  • Allergy to the plant

Please note: It has not yet been established whether ginko is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Drug interactions 

  • Bleeding of various organs observed in patients during concomitant use with Coumadin and Aspirin
  • Sedative effect possibly leading to coma when taken with Desyrel
  • Increased effect of various categories of antidepressants (Celexa, Prozac, Fluoxetine, Effexor, Effexor XR, etc.) and the medicinal plant millepertuis
  • Increased effect of papaverine

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