Herbal Treatment of Inflammation

Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract

The ginko tree, often used in the Chinese humoral sytem for over 5000 years is thought to be over 150 million years old. The leaf extract is used medicinally although the fruit and seeds should be avoided as they are high in butyric acid. The best ginko leaf extract formulas use leaves harvested in autumn when the leaves have yellowed being higher in carotenoids. Ginko leaf extract is well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant propterties. It is also known for its blood-flow enhancing properties. FOR THIS REASON YOU WOULD WANT TO DISCONTINUE USE OF GINKO 10-14 DAYS PRIOR TO ANY SURGICAL PROCEDURE, ALSO IF YOU ARE TAKING A BLOOD THINNER YOU NEED TO CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE USING GINKO.

The anti-inflammatory effects on neural tissues by acting as a MAO inhibitor, decreasing degradation of neurotransmitters including serotonin,noradrenaline, dopamine. It has also demonstrated the ability to scavenger free-radical which in turns help protect nerves. There has been some documentation that it aides in treatment of ADD, anxiety, headaches, macular degeneration and cataracts with implications in supporting mental health in aging baby boomers.
Improvement in symptoms associated with Colitis look very promising.

For more information contact Dr. Deb Wood-Schade drdebws@sbcglobal.net


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