Also Known As
Adiantifolia, Bai Guo Ye, Fossil Tree, Gingko, Gingko Biloba, Ginkgo, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginkgo Folium, Ginkgo leaf, Ginkgo leaf extract, Ginko Biloba, Ginkyo, Japanese Silver Apricot, Kew Tree, Maidenhair Tree, Salisburia, Salisburia Adiantifolia, Yinhsing. Ginkgo biloba.
See separate listing for Ginkgo seed.
Properties: sweet, bitter, astringent, neutral, dry
Meridians: Heart, Lung, Kidney, Du
- vitalize heart blood, restores coronary capillary circulation
- relieves chest pain, dissolves fatty deposits, reduces clotting
- heart blood and qi stagnation * Angina
- restores brain and nerve function, promotes clear thinking
- relieves depression
- Vitalizes blood, removes congestion, stops discharges
- aids lower body aches and pains
- moves qi, relieves pain, stops vomiting
Ginkgo Leaf Overdose
Dizziness, headache, fatigue, chest discomfort, poor appetite, constipation or diarrhea
Also Used For
Orally, ginkgo leaf (Bai Gou Ye) is used for dementia, including Alzheimer’s, vascular, and mixed dementia. Ginkgo leaf is also used orally for conditions associated with cerebral vascular insufficiency, especially in the elderly, including memory loss, headache, tinnitus, vertigo, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and hearing disorders. It is also used orally for relief of walking pain associated with intermittent claudication, particularly in patients with Fontaine’s stage IIa or IIb peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Ginkgo leaf is also used orally to treat sexual dysfunction and to reverse sexual dysfunction caused by SSRI antidepressants. It is also used orally for cognitive disorders secondary to depression; eye problems, including macular degeneration and glaucoma; attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); thrombosis; heart disease; arteriosclerosis; angina pectoris; hypercholesterolemia; cardiac reperfusion injury; premenstrual syndrome (PMS); dysentery and filariasis; and diabetic retinopathy. Ginkgo leaf is also used orally to improve cognitive behavior and sleep patterns in patients with depression, and for the prevention of winter depression. Ginkgo leaf has also been used orally to prevent acute mountain sickness. It is also used orally to treat asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and for various disorders of the central nervous system. Ginkgo leaf is also used for preventing aging, regulating gastric acidity, improving liver and gallbladder function, regulating bacterial flora, and controlling blood pressure.
Topically, ginkgo leaf (Bai Gou Ye) is used to wash chilblains, which are lesions on the fingers, toes, heels, ears, and nose caused by exposure to extreme cold. It is also used topically in wound dressings to improve circulation in the skin.
Intravenously, ginkgo leaf is used to increase cerebral blood flow, improve cognition, and for psychiatric conditions in the elderly.
In manufacturing, ginkgo leaf (Bai Gou Ye) extract has been used in cosmetics.
The Gingko Tree is the oldest living species of tree