Improves Mental Alertness – Elevates Mood. The ginkgo tree (ginkgo biloba) is remarkable in many ways. Although indigenous to Korea, China and Japan, the tree can be found in parks and along city sidewalks around the world. The use of ginkgo leaf extracts can be traced back for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. The ginkgo is the oldest living tree species, geological records indicate this plant has been growing on earth for 150-200 million years. Chinese monks are credited with keeping the tree in existence, as a sacred herb. It was first brought to Europe in the 1700’s and it is now a commonly prescribed drug in France and Germany. It is one of the most well-researched herbs in the world.
Today ginkgo biloba is perhaps the most widely used herbal treatment aimed at augmenting cognitive functions, that is- improving memory, learning, alertness, mood and so on. Ginkgo works by increasing blood flow to the brain and Ginkgo has been used to relieve tension and anxiety and improve mental alertness, elevate mood and restore energy. Ginkgo has two groups of active substances, flavonoids and terpene lactones, including ginkgolides A,B, and C, bilobalide, quercetin, and kaempferol. The ginkgolides have been shown to control allergic inflammation, anaphylactic shock and asthma.
Studies have confirmed that ginkgo increases blood flow to the retina, and can slow retinal deterioration resulting in an increase of visual acuity. In clinical tests ginkgo has improved hearing loss in the elderly. It also improves circulation in the extremities relieving cold hands and feet, swelling in the limbs and chronic arterial blockage.