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Most Common Name: Ginkgo
Botanical Name: Ginkgo Biloba
Also Known As (other names): Maidenhair Tree, Temple Tree

The Ginkgo Biloba tree is one of the oldest inhabitants of our planet. Fossils were found that date back 180 million years.

It was originally discovered in Japan by westerners but the tree actually is only found in the wild in parts of China. The tree was imported into Europe in the early part of the eighteenth century where it flourished.

The tree is very decorative. In summer the maidenhair shaped leaves are light green and turn into a bright yellow in Autumn. As it is the leaves that are used harvesting can only occur in mid to late summer and care should be taken not to harm the tree by excessive defoliation.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

Improved circulationAllergiesBlood circulation to the brain
Nerve cell functionDepressionBlood pressure
DiabeticsSkin disordersDilates blood vessels
DementiaAlzheimer's diseaseGlaucoma
HeadachesVertigoMemory impairment


Administered as:

CapsulesExtract Tincture
Fluid extractInfusion 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):


Ginkgolides: No current data available

Ginkgetin: No current data available


Ginkgol: No current data available


Ginkgolic Acid: No current data available


Acetic Acid: A very important acid in the Monobase acids, containing a single carboxyl group, acetic acid is the main constituent of vinegar and the cause of the sour and sharp taste of vinegars.
Acetic Acid is often used as a solvent for gums and resins as well as some of the volatile oils.
Cosmetically it is used in freckle bleaching preparations and in other skin lotions where pigmentation camouflage is needed.
Concentrated Acetic Acid is very corrosive and must never be used on the skin without dilution. Even a 5% solution can be irritant. Vapours of Acetic Acid can damage the lungs if inhaled.
Acetic Acid is Rubefacient and Styptic.


Vitamin B2, also called Riboflavin, is a water soluble yellow crystalline pigment that combines with with some of the proteins to form a coenzyme that is needed to oxidize foods like sugars, fats and other carbohydrates and some proteins.

Mild Vitamin B2 deficiencies are common and in most cases are mild cases of dermatitis or fatigue, severe deficiencies are rare but far more debilitating and include seborrhea of the facial and genital regions, itching of the scrotum and vagina, inability to urinate, eye disorders, inflammation of the tongue and other areas. Some of the early symptoms are eye sensitivity to bright light, skin disorders and hair loss. During periods of stress and exhaustion the symptoms are more pronounced.

Natural sources are eggs, green leaved vegetables, legumes, whole grain (you need large quantities), yeast and milk. Riboflavin is stored in limited quantities by the body and must therefore constantly be renewed by absorption from the regular diet.


Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin, is a crystalline, water soluble and white member of the B-Group Vitamins.

Vitamin B3 primary sources are Meat (all meats), most nuts, Whole grain, Brewer's yeast, Fish and Cheese. To maximize the intake of Vitamin B3 these products should be as unprocessed as possible.

Vitamin B3 is made in the body by Tryptophan, an amino acid. Vitamin B3 plays a role in the production of sex hormones and maintenance of the nervous system.

Vitamin B3 acts as a coenzyme to assist in the absorption of all foods and maintains a healthy shin, gastro-system and nervous system. It also plays a role in the synthesis of sex hormones.

Vitamin B3, like may of the B-Group Vitamins is not stored in the body and a daily supply is needed to stay healthy.

Shortages of Vitamin B3 causes fatigue, weakness, skin eruptions, dermatitis, appetite loss, irritability, nausea, depression and headaches. Prolonged deficiency may intensify aforementioned conditions as well as include halitosis, vomiting and gum disease.  Extreme deficiency can cause Pellagra, a debilitating disease that includes severe dermatitis, diarrhea and confusion.

Vitamin B3 lowers cholesterol and sugar levels in the blood, reduces blood pressure, is a vasodilator and it has also been used against Asthma with some success.

Niacin occurs in plants as niacinamide, also called nicotinamide.*

Niacinamide: A b-complex vitamin that is closely related to Vitamin B3 (niacin), occurs in plants and some animal tissue in  but does not have a vasilodatory effect on the body. Niacinamide is also called nicotinamide and is converted by the body into niacin or Vitamin B3



Pentosans: No current data available

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