Historically a very important herb in Eastern medicine, gingko biloba has been shown in Western clinical trials increase blood flow, which may be the key reason it is reported to help with memory and brain health. In addition, it may help prevent blog clots and stroke.
Unfortunately, clinical trails to see if ginkgo helps with memory, dementia, and/or Alzheimer's have been mixed or conflicted in results.
In addition to memory and brain health, Eastern medicine has used the extract of ginkgo for centuries. There, it's advocated for a wide range of ailments, including:
- Anxiety and depression, including seasonal affective disorder.
- Vision health, including diabetes-related vision problems
- PMS symtoms
- Libido problems and sexual disfunction, at least in men. Use of ginkgo as a treatment for sexual issues in women remains controversial.
- Respiratory ailments, including asthma
- Immune health and recovery of chemotherapy patients
- Circulatory health - which also may help with leg an extremity pain and/or tingling
- Brain health and memory function
- Reducing the symptoms of Schizophrenia
- Free-radical fighting antioxident
- Energy enhancement and stimulant (without caffeine)