Medicinal Purposes

Ginkgo biloba is not only amazing because it can ward off insects and survive in polluted environments, but also because it has an enormous amount of medicinal purposes! Ginkgo biloba can help combat the aging process by increasing blood, enhancing memory, fighting glaucoma, maintaining cellular function, and it can also aid in cancer prevention!


The ancient Chinese people have been using the Ginkgo biloba for thousands and thousands of years (as early as 2800 B.C.E.). They found that the outer covering on the seed (sometimes referred to as the fruit, but don’t be fooled, these plants have “naked” seeds and do not bear fruit) was poisonous to the human body and caused skin rashes. However, they kept using bits and parts of the Ginkgo tree and soon found its seeds and leaves could be used for medication. They used the seeds and leaves to treat diseases such as Asthma and Tuberculosis. Ginkgo biloba was also used to aid in mental performance and blood flow. The ancient Chinese people believed that roasted seeds could help prevent drunkenness. Even today, roasted Ginkgo seeds can be found at many Chinese and Japanese wedding celebrations in order to prevent people from getting too drunk.


Today, we use Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) for two main reasons: to increase blood circulation and to rid the body of free radicals, which can improve bodily functions greatly. Free radicals have been found to be part of the cause in most cancers. Ginkgo biloba can also benefit people who have Glaucoma, Tinnitus, Cerebral Insufficiency, Macular Degeneration, Male Impotence, and many others. A major claim that has been found to be somewhat inaccurate is that Ginkgo biloba can actually help prevent against Alzheimer’s disease. If you would like to learn more about the effects Ginkgo biloba has on Alzheimer's disease, click HERE.

Increasing Blood Flow Circulation:

Before explaining how the Ginkgo biloba can help unclog arteries, let me quickly explain the components of human blood. First, there are erythrocytes (often called Red Blood Cells or RBC’s). The function of erythrocytes is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the heart and then out to the body. Leukocytes (often referred to as White Blood Cells or WBC's) are another crucial component; they defend the body against invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. Plasma is the next component to human blood. Plasma is composed mainly of liquid, but it does have some proteins, salts, and other substances in it as well. The job of plasma is to make the blood fluid enough so it can be efficiently transported throughout the body. Finally, there are platelets. Platelets function to help clot blood once a blood vessel is broken. Ginkgo biloba has the most effect on the platelets of blood.

ARTERIOSCLEROSIS is a disease that hardens the arteries usually due to older age. ATHEROSCLEROSIS  is a disease where fats and ‘bad’ (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol build up in the arteries and capillaries causing them to get clogged; Ginkgo biloba can help fight against both of these diseases. Ginkgo biloba is also known to treat cerebral insufficiency, or decreased blood flow to the brain. It works against all of these diseases by reducing the “stickiness” of the blood platelets along with opening constricted blood vessels that tend to cause cramps, strokes, or even heart attacks. Ginkgo biloba also thins the blood. (Because G. biloba is a blood thinner, one shouldn’t take it and any other blood thinners, such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen, simultaneously.) Ginkgo biloba aids in keeping this fine balance by helping to deliver glucose to cells, tissues and organs through the bloodstream. In return, the blood vessels have the energy they need to remain flexible yet strong.

With a more efficient means of transporting blood, the heart should not have to work as hard to pump sufficient oxygen throughout the body and therefore it should not get worn out as quickly.

The reason Ginkgo biloba is said to have so many health benefits is greatly due to the newly opened blood vessels. Concentration and memory, confusion, fatigue, depression, anxiety, headaches, and dizziness are all symptoms of an inadequate blood flow to the brain. Because Ginkgo biloba can increase blood flow, all of these symptoms can be reduced. As stated earlier, Ginkgo biloba can also aid in the prevention of cramps, strokes, and heart attacks. This is because these serious problems are many times a result from a blocked or impassable artery, vein, or capillary. Take for instance, a cramp in a leg. The cramp is caused by the insufficient flow of blood to the muscle, which therefore means that there is not enough oxygen getting to the cells. Increased oxygen flow (Ginkgo biloba) will cause the pain to lessen and, quite possibly, go away completely. Almost any disease or problem that is caused by inadequate blood flow because of a constricted artery, vein, or capillary can be reduced by taking Ginkgo biloba.
Free Radicals:

In order to understand how the Ginkgo biloba aids in the deletion of free radicals, we must first understand what free radicals are and how they work. A free radical is a molecule inside the body that is not stable any longer because it has lost an electron from its structure. When a molecule loses only one electron, it becomes very unstable until it replaces that electron. Therefore, when a molecule loses an electron in your body, it grabs another one from different cell tissues and such in order to become stable again. This causes the cell tissue to become unstable and scavenge for an electron for itself. The chain continues until there becomes a mutated cell, which then divides and becomes multiple mutated cells. Because of this, some scientists suspect free radicals to aid in causing cancer. In every body there are some free radicals, and that is a good thing; Free radicals help your immune system (white blood cells) fight off diseases and infections. A problem emerges when a body has too many free radicals. Free radicals can be caused by pollution in the air and water, old age, and also radiation.

There is a way to get rid of free radicals in the body. Ginkgo biloba along with other antioxidants (such as the Pomegranate) can donate an electron from their own make up and stop the cascading chain of free radicals. Ginkgo biloba can do this because it can still be a stable molecule even after an electron is donated. This is why G. biloba is considered to aid in the prevention of cancer. According to the book ‘Ginkgo: a practical guide’ Ginkgo biloba is considered to be the most effective antidote to the breakdown of cells due to radiation (from the sun or chemotherapy). To find out what exactly is in the Ginkgo biloba that allows it to break down these free radicals, click HERE.

Tinnitus, Glaucoma, Cerebral Insufficiency, and Others:

Ginkgo biloba can help to heal many diseases due to its simple ability to open even the tiniest of capillaries. Tinnitus is a disease in which the patient constantly has ringing in his or her ears. Glaucoma is a disease that leads to blindness and it is caused by damage to the optic nerve, or the nerve that runs information from the back of the eye to the brain. Both of these diseases can be reduced in severity by taking Ginkgo biloba. This is because G. biloba can open even the most minute of capillaries, such as the ones in your eyes and ears, and allow increased blood flow to the damaged tissues. Some other diseases that can be reduced in severity due to the Ginkgo biloba are Macular Degeneration and Male Impotence (erectile dysfunction). Today, research is being done to see if Ginkgo biloba can help in premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, asthma, and Hepatitis B. People who have been diagnosed with depression commonly take Ginkgo biloba extract as a natural antidepressant, as well.

Side effects

One of the main reasons Ginkgo biloba is so astounding is because it has very few side effects and these side effects usually aren’t very serious. Rarely, Ginkgo biloba shows side effects, with the most severe usually being an upset stomach, vomiting, and/or a headache. Occasionally, there have been reports of bleeding, so don’t take it if you have coagulation problems or if you are planning on having surgery. Some cases also showed symptoms of diarrhea, but these reports were also found in the placebo group, so scientists are unsure of whether Ginkgo biloba actually caused them. Overall, the Ginkgo biloba has very few side effects relative to prescription medication that can be taken for the same health benefits.

In general, Ginkgo biloba has proven that it can help heal and prevent many diseases or even just symptoms. It can improve functions of the eye as well as functions of the heart and even the brain. Click HERE to see just how Ginkgo biloba actually works.