Ginkgo biloba is one of the popular supplements and one of the top-selling herbal medicines. Ginkgo biloba extract is dried green leaves of the plant. This is available for liquid extracts, capsules, and tablets. People are using it for different reasons. The therapeutic properties of the ginkgo plant are included treatment for blood disorders and memory problems. It is the enhancement of cardiovascular function and to improve eye health. Gingko is containing high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, antioxidants that are providing protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals. Antioxidants are believed to helping reduce the risk of cancer. There are some treatment usages of Ginkgo biloba extract the following:
- Treatment of Depression
Animal studies are showing that supplementing with ginkgo Biloba may assist treat depression symptoms. Mice who took ginkgo extract before a stressful situation that couldn’t be avoided were less affected emotionally by stress than the study group that didn’t take the supplement. The study concluded that these results were related to the anti-inflammatory properties of ginkgo extract that enhance the ability of the body to withstand when hormone levels related to stress are high.
Modern research is indicating that taking ginkgo extract on a daily basis combined with conventional antipsychotic drugs for 2-4 months can lower symptoms associated with schizophrenia. The extract may also lower some side effects such as constipation and thirst and adverse effects which are associated with the antipsychotic drug known as haloperidol.
- Treatment of Migraines and Headaches
In traditional medicine of China, ginkgo extract is one of the most famous treatments for migraines and headaches. It is well known that Biloba extract has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. If a migraine or headache is due to excessive stress, ginkgo Biloba may be beneficial. Also, if a headache is caused by constricted blood vessels or decreased blood flow, the ability of this compound to dilate blood vessels may lessen symptoms.
Some migraines are caused by blood vessels dilating excessively. In such a situation, ginkgo Biloba may be having little effect. If you are planning to try ginkgo extract for your migraines, be sure that it won’t cause any harm if used correctly.
- Tardive dyskinesia
Tardive dyskinesia is one of the movement condition and it is caused by antipsychotic drugs. Research indicates that taking a particular ginkgo extract for 3 months may lower tardive dyskinesia severity in persons with schizophrenia who are under antipsychotic medications. Ginkgo biloba extract like Resveratrol (501-36-0) is improving dizziness and balance disorders symptoms.