Gingko Biloba is known as Pinyin (Yin Xing), and also the maidenhair tree. Itis as non-native American as you can get. It is, in fact, considered a living fossil and a one of its kind with no close relatives and is believed to go back around 270 million years. Gingko is in reality a native tree from China. I mean it’s their national tree for a reason, don’t you think? This tree primarily grows in China and Korea, but also grows in southern parts of France, some cities of Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, southern and eastern parts of the U.S.A., as well as Chile. It is one of the best tasting herbal teas.
Extracts of gingko leaves contain flavonoid glycosides, which contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that are all beneficial to health. Now, I know it probably sounds scary but all of these components maintain our small blood vessels quite healthy and it`s a possible treatment for cancer. You see what it does is: it improves circulation, ameliorating the delivery of some nutrients that are needed; as well as, life giving oxygen to every cell including those of the brain. Its essence acts as a memory aid, a fatigue fighter slowly magnifying energy and reducing depression through phytochemicals, which are not essential but are beneficial to human health. It contains nootropics also known as, smart drugs, memory enhancers, etc. These drugs improve mental functions such as: cognition, memory, intelligence, motivation, attention and concentration. In addition to this, it maintains a healthy regular heartbeat providing the body with cardiac stability; due to the fact that, it is constantly improving the blood flow in most organs and tissues, protecting the cells against oxidative damage from free radicals and blocking many of the development of cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and central nervous system disorders.
- Oxygenates the body
- Reduces depression
- Enhances memory
- Regulates the cardiovascular system
A Little History
Native Americans were introduced to this tree by the Chinese immigrants and, as time went by, they realized like many other trees and plants, this Gingko had magical essences or healing powers. Ginkgo Biloba has become part of Native American herbal remedies. The Ginkgo Biloba tree is capable of adapting and resisting urban environments, snow, wind, insects and diseases. Plus in 2010, meta-analysis of clinical trials found that the maidenhair tree effectively improves cognition in dementia patients; on the other hand, it does not prevent the onset of Alzheimer`s disease in people that do not have dementia. As a “medicinal plant”, gingko has side effects, such as: diarrhea, headaches, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, those under certain types of antidepressants, pregnant women because it inhibits monoamine oxidize. As you can see gingko is a plant with a big heart and is a provider of strength and life. As proof of its strength, in Hiroshima, Japan there were 6 trees in the 1945 atom bomb explosion. These trees were some of the few living things in the area to survive the boom. The trees are still alive today. If well tended, these trees can be kept artificially small and live for hundreds of years.
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