Call it gingko/ginkgo, maidenhair, tebonin, tanakan, or Rokan, Ginkgo Biloba is one of the most popular aphrodisiacs in the world. Let us dive into what it is and what are its properties.
What Is Ginkgo Biloba?
Gingko Biloba is a medicinal plant originating from China, Japan and Korea. It is the last surviving species of its family series. Since its use in medicine in Europe (around 1730) and America (around 1784), it has become one of the most used supplements today.
What Are The Uses?
Ginkgo is used for treating so many conditions. From mental conditions to sexual dysfunctions, Ginkgo has been used for a wide variety of treatments, most of them are given below:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Conditions arising from poor blood flow in the brain (memory loss, headache, vertigo, dizziness, etc.)
- Conditions arising from poor blood flow in the body (claudication, Raynaud’s syndrome, etc.)
- Thinking disorders arising from chemotherapy, depression and Lyme disease.
- Eye problems like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease.
- Learning conditions like autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Heart diseases, high cholesterol and other conditions.
- It is used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), schizophrenia, bronchitis, asthma, winter depression and disorders of the central nervous system.
- The most notable use of ginkgo is in treating sexual disorders as well as curing side effects of prescribed medications (like antidepressants) that affect the sexual performance.
- Other uses of ginkgo include its inclusion in cosmetics and its roasted seeds are served as delicacies in Japan and China.
Recommended Dosage and Use:
- Ginkgo Biloba can be supplemented to alleviate cognitive performance decline or enhance cognitive function.
- For cognitive enhancement, the advised dosage is 120-240 mg four hours before the performance.
- For alleviating cognitive decline in older men, the dosage is 40-120 mg a time, three times a day.
- The concentration of the extract must be 50:1 and it should be taken alongside meals.
Effects of Ginkgo Biloba on Sexual Health:
- Treating Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS):
The Chinese have been using ginkgo to treat PMS traditionally. Ginkgo has been proved to be beneficial when doses of 40 mg (three times a day) for a month showed a great reduction in symptoms of PMS.
- Treating Sexual Dysfunction:
A preliminary trial consisted of an average dosage of 209 mg saw 84% efficacy in improving libido-91% efficacy in females and 76% in males. Although, further analysis is required to properly study the effects of ginkgo in treating disorders arising from different conditions.
- Treating Erectile Problems:
Ginkgo has been observed to enhance blood flow due to nitric oxide metabolism. It also increased the amount of dopamine-the “hormone of happiness”- which contributed to its working.
Side Effects Of Gingko Biloba:
Here are some side effects you might want to consider before including Ginkgo in your diet.
- Ginkgo leaf extract is safe for the most part but it can cause minor side effects like stomach upsets, dizziness, headaches, constipation, allergic skin reactions and forceful heartbeats.
- At extremely high doses, there is a very high chance that ginkgo can cause thyroid and liver cancer. Although there are no pieces of evidence pertaining to humans.
- Ginkgo Biloba can also increase the risk of bleeding. This is because it decreases the ability of the blood to clot. Some people may also run into the risk of hemorrhage in the brain due to its consumption.
- Consuming roasted ginkgo seeds or crude ginkgo plant is sometimes unsafe. Eating more than 10 seeds in a day can cause difficulties in breathing, low blood pressure/weak pulse, seizures, shock and loss of consciousness. Eating fresh seed is more dangerous as it is poisonous and it can cause seizures and even death.
- Breastfeeding/pregnant women must NOT use ginkgo. It can cause more bleeding while delivery and early labor.
- Children/infants must NOT consume ginkgo.
- People with bleeding disorders must NOT consume ginkgo as it may just make matters worse.
- If you’ve ever experienced seizures before, do NOT consume ginkgo.
- People with G6PD enzyme deficiency must NOT consume ginkgo as it may cause severe anemia.
- Ginkgo may also cause infertility. Consulting a doctor is essential if you want to include ginkgo in your diet while trying to conceive a baby.
- If you have a scheduled surgery, stop using ginkgo at least two weeks before the scheduled date. Ginkgo can cause severe bleeding and can inhibit the natural blood-clotting ability of the body.