Ginkgo should be your go-to when you have problems with blood circulation and clotting.
Read on to see how ginkgo’s blood stimulation abilities provide relief for several common ailments that may affect you or someone you love.
Praise for Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba is a popular herb that has long been known as a natural memory booster, but this herbal remedy is also effective against impotence, dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and the on-again, off-again leg pain called intermittent claudication. Each of these ailments can be caused by sluggish circulation.
How Ginkgo Works
Ginkgo works by helping to lower abnormally high levels of platelet activating factor (PAF), a natural body compound that promotes blood clotting, thus inhibiting circulation.
For Impotence – Good circulation to the penis is essential for good erections, and this potent blood thinner helps boost circulation throughout the body. In a study conducted by Alan Cohen, M.D., of the University of California at San Francisco, 32 of 37 patients with sexual problems (including impotence and inability to achieve orgasm) got better when they took 120 mg of ginkgo extract two times a day.
For Brain Power – Like vitamin E, ginkgo helps thin the blood, boosting circulation inside even the tiniest capillaries – including those that feed the brain. Ginkgo also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the brain against attacks by free radicals. The herb has also been effective in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, improving concentration even in healthy adults, and relieving vertigo and altitude sickness. When blood flow is normal, ginkgo has no effect.
Ginkgo Biloba Warnings
Beware NSAIDs and other blood thinners – A 70-year old man who had been taking 40 milligrams of the herb ginkgo biloba two times a day began experiencing blurred vision. When doctors examined him, they found blood oozing down the iris of his eye. From this and further investigation, doctors found that the bleeding was caused by the combination of ginkgolide B., a powerful blood thinner found in ginkgo, and aspirin, another drug with blood-thinning properties. The man was taking them both.
To protect yourself, do not take ginkgo with another blood thinner unless your doctor says it’s okay. Furthermore, avoid ginkgo if you have a bleeding disorder.
Potential side effects, though mild, include upset stomach, headache, rash and/or dizziness. This herb was previously believed to increase the effects of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants, such as phenelzine (Nardil), but this has been refuted.
Where to Find Ginkgo?
Ginkgo biloba is available in your local health food store. Nearly all positive ginkgo trials have used one of three formulas that are produced in Germany and sold in health food stores throughout the United States under the brand names Ginkoba by Pharmaton Natural Health Products, Ginkgold by Nature’s Way and Ginkai by Akbit, Inc.
Naturopathic physician, Mark A. Stengler, recommends a 24% flavoglycoside extract, starting with doses of 120-240 mg a day and increasing to 360 mg daily over a 4-week period – with projected improvements in 4-8 weeks on this regimen.