Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo Biloba)

Main Facts about Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo is one of the oldest living tree species. Tree grows to 120 feet (40m) with fan-shaped leaves, and is said to be able to live a thousand years. It has short branches with fan-shaped leaves and inedible fruits that smell bad. The fruit has an inner seed, which may be poisonous.

Using Ginkgo biloba

Using ginkgo for asthma and bronchitis was described in 2600 BC. Ginkgo seems to improve blood circulation, which might help the brain, eyes, ears, especially in older people. These conditions include memory loss, headache, ringing in the ears, vertigo, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and hearing disorders. Some people use it for other problems related to poor blood flow in the body, including leg pain when walking (claudication), and Raynaud’s syndrome (a painful response to cold, especially in the fingers and toes). There is evidence indicating that people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease can benefit from taking ginkgo. However, ginkgo doesn't seem to improve memory among people who are healthy. Ginkgo may help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. Ginkgo seeds contain substances that might kill the bacteria and fungi that cause infections in the body. Its extract protects from free-radicals and is used for anti-aging, reduces blood cell clumping which can lead to congestive heart disease. Helps return elasticity to cholesterol-hardened blood vessels and joints. Sometimes takes 12 weeks for effects to become noticeable.

Ginkgo biloba is a remedy for: Anxiety


Patients with blood circulation disorders or individuals on anticoagulants, such as aspirin, are at risk of experiencing undesirable effects after taking Ginkgo. In addition, if you are on antidepressants you are strongly advised not to take Ginkgo as it inhibits monoamine oxidase, reducing the effectiveness of the medications (such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and monoamine oxidase inhibitors).The seeds also contain a toxin that can cause side effects like seizure and loss of consciousness.

Cooking with Ginkgo biloba

The nuts are reminiscent of cheddar cheese. The seeds are delicious once they are prepared. First you have to clean them outdoors (they smell), then de-shell and steam them for 5 min.You can steam or boil the nut in water for 10 minutes and enjoy like a pistachio nut. Remember, though, the whole seed is LIKELY UNSAFE to eat.

How to grow Ginkgo biloba

Tree grows really well in many conditions.