Ginkgo Biloba is a tree native to China and Korea, and to a lesser extent, it grows in the United States, southern France and in some regions of Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.
Considered as a jewel of nature, the Ginkgo Biloba, is a tree that survived the dinosaurs and the Hiroshima bomb. The particularity that these trees have is that they do not die of old age: they can only be affected by lightning, fire, wind, or the hand of man.
Properties of Ginkgo Biloba
This plant has many properties and is frequently used in natural medicine. Is used for:
- Fight anxiety.
- Slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms and schizophrenia.
- Treat vision problems in people with diabetes.
- Relieve peripheral vasculopathy, which is the disease that causes poor blood circulation in the legs.
- Relieves pre menstrual pain.
- Against the symptoms of vertigo and dizziness.
- Help against sexual dysfunction.
- Control high blood pressure.
- Relieves symptoms of multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
- Help against the side effects of some cancers.
- It helps lower high cholesterol and arteriosclerosis.
- Improves memory, speed of thought and attention.
How to consume Ginkgo Biloba
The Ginkgo Biloba in its different presentations is easy to get in herbalists, pharmacies, dietetics and nurseries, in case you would like a seedling to have the tree in your garden.
In Argentina, ATMAT guarantees the sale and purity of Ginkgo extract (in tablets and tinctures) which must meet the standards for therapeutic and pharmacological use.
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Ginkgo Biloba leaves
In sheets or crushed it is the cheapest way to get it. Whole or crushed leaves are consumed in infusions.
How to prepare the infusion
- The recommended amount is a tablespoon of leaves per cup of water.
- I boiled the leaves for 2 minutes and then let them stand for 5 minutes in a container with a lid.
- Pass the infusion through a sieve before serving. You can take it hot, warm or cold.
It is the easiest way to consume and also get it in pharmacies and dietetics. Depending on the concentration of Ginkgo Biloba extract, you can take 1 or 2 tablets per day.
To obtain an intellectual and cognitive improvement it is advisable to take a dose of between 120 and 240 mg after breakfast. To curb cognitive impairment in older people, the appropriate dose is between 40 and 120 mg three times a day.
Ginkgo Biloba should always be taken with meals.
Ginkgo Biloba oil
Ginkgo Biloba oil is for use on the skin, it cannot be drunk.
Applying a thin layer of oil helps healing. It also has anti-aging properties, it is anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant.
This is the most practical way to consume it to take advantage of the benefits of this plant. The mother tinctures of all plants, including Ginkgo Biloba, are leaves macerated in ethyl alcohol for a time that is then pressed and some water is added to soften it.
The mother tincture is used with an eyedropper and can be taken pure, added to meals or a glass of water or juice.
The millenary tree
In Argentina we can find this tree in several provinces and also in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, where there are specimens in the old Zoo of Palermo, in the Botanical Garden, in Barrio Parque, in the Plaza del Barrio de Belgrano and in the Japanese Garden .
Considered as a jewel of nature, the Ginkgo Biloba, is a tree that survived the dinosaurs and the Hiroshima bomb.
This species is considered immortal, and its origin dates back to 200,000,000 years ago. It was food for dinosaurs and at one time it was believed extinct but by 1691, a German doctor found it in Japan.
In China it is usually found in monasteries and gardens of Buddhist temples, who have cultivated it since the year 1000. Then it was spread by seed to Korea and from there to Europe and in 1700 it reached America.
The story of such a hardy tree is reflected in this example: when on August 6, 1945 the United States launched the atomic bomb against Hiroshima, in addition to the devastated city and killing thousands of people up to a radius of 10 kilometers, 1,000 meters from where the bomb fell, there was a living specimen of Ginkgo Biloba, in the garden of the Housenbou temple. Even today, this copy is miraculously still there, majestic.
Why is it an ancient tree?
After an investigation by a Japanese doctor who lived 105 years, Dr. Hinohara, genetically analyzed Ginkgo Biloba trees since the 15 years of the tree and continued research in the United States and China when the tree was over 600 years old. What did they discover? That their growth does not slow down even if hundreds of years have passed, and also the quality of the seeds are not affected by the passage of time
This species is so miraculous and owes its properties and genetics to the products it produces:
- It produces chemicals that protect it.
- Antioxidants, anti microbes and protective hormones.
- It also does not activate genes related to old age, as with any tree and plant.
“A study from the University of Texas publishes the biologist Richard Dixon, who making an equivalence, between the immune system in these trees at 1,000 years of age, resembles the immune system of a 20-year-old person.”
Ginkgo trees never die from aging. Your life can end with lightning, fire, wind, disease, stress or the hand of man.
Fewer copies are already noticeable because of the indiscriminate felling caused by man. The Ginkgo Biloba, also known as Tree of Forty Shields or Walnut of Japan, is a unique tree in the world and without living relatives, and despite surviving dinosaurs and the atomic bomb, it could cease to exist due to the lack of environmental awareness and the bad actions of man.