Ginkgo Biloba also known as Ginkgo or Gingko, and or the Maidenhair tree is one of the oldest living tree species with a medicinal property. For thousands of years, it has been used as a medicine. It has been said that Ginkgo Biloba tree was originated from China. Ginkgo is definitely one of the amazing medicinal herbs with interesting medicinal properties widely used to today, and many researchers are still conducting research on it.
Originally, extracts from Ginkgo Biloba were used as a treatment for pulmonary diseases like asthma, and bronchitis. However, recent advancement has been shifted the used of Ginkgo towards prevention of memory loss and dementia. Researchers believed that flavonoids present in the plant are accountable for its intended medicinal impacts. The Ginkgo leaf alone contains over 40 various flavonoids. Studies done on animals have shown flavonoids to alter neuro-communications, as well as protection against neurological changes due to aging. Unfortunately, when done with human subjects, researchers found conflicting results. Hence, researchers despite over 400 clinical studies, the efficacy of Ginkgo for human medicinal purposes is still unclear.
While there are many of the small scaled clinical trials found Biloba tend to be effective in preventing cognitive decline, on large randomized trial back in 2009 question its effectiveness. The authors of this large randomized clinical trials monitored over 3,000 whose age are over 75 years old for a median of 6 years. The participants were divided into two groups where one group was given Ginkgo twice daily, and the other group a placebo. At the end of the randomized trial, researchers found no significant differences between the two groups.
Compared with placebo, the use of G Biloba, 120 mg twice daily, did not result in less cognitive decline in older adults with normal cognition or with mild cognitive impairment.
Another study found similar disappointing results when it comes to Ginkgo Biloba’s memory enhancing property. However, another study Ginkgo Biloba’s effectiveness towards older adults who are cognitively intact.
Overall, the results from both objective, standardized, neuropsychological tests and a subjective, follow-up self-report questionnaire provided complementary evidence of the potential efficacy of Ginkgo biloba EGb 761 in enhancing certain neuropsychological/memory processes of cognitively intact older adults, 60 years of age and over.
While Ginkgo seemed to have no significant effect on memory enhancement based on studies, one study had shown good results when it comes to treatment sexual dysfunction in women when combined with sex therapy.
Additionally, Ginkgo has also been found effective in alleviating antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction(1). University of Maryland Medical Center also mentioned its effectiveness on improving sexual function for both men and women. WebMD also mentioned Ginkgo’s Viagra-like effect on enhancing Nitric Oxide.
Ginkgo Biloba extract is available in supplement form available in various online stores and health stores near you. It is also available in tea form that has a similar effect just as supplementation when it comes to enhancing sexual drive and orgasms. It has been known for its effectiveness on improving blood circulation, hence and effective sexual enhancement.
One known side-effect of Ginkgo is that it interferes with normal blood clotting. Therefore, individuals taking blood thinners should use Gingko with caution. Or, better consult your doctor prior to taking any supplementation containing Gingko Biloba extract. Other potential side-effects include diarrhea, dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, and stomach ache. If you want to learn more prior to taking Ginkgo, check Examine.com’s extensive list of research about this herbal tree.
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