GinkgoModern research supports the use of ginkgo leaf extracts to improve circulation and protect blood vessels. It increases blood flow to the brain, improving brain function, including short-term memory and alertness, and when taken long-term can benefit tinnitis sufferers. Because of its circulatory stimulating properties, this herb has also been of benefit in peripheral arterial disease, increasing the distance people can walk without pain. Ginkgo is also known as a good antioxidant.
Ginkgo extracts have shown promise for treating and preventing macular degeneration, Alzheimerís syndrome, which affects memory and alertness in the elderly, as well as a host of autoimmune disorders such as asthma and hepatitis. Ginkgo is available as a standardized, concentrated (24%) extract in capsules, tablets, or in liquid form. The usual dose is 60 mg/day. Try this kind of potent extract if you have moderate to severe pathology, such as circulatory problems or ringing in the ears, where a consistently strong remedy is indicated. It is often best to consult with a qualified herbalist or other health care practitioner before using ginkgo in this form.