Caution needed if taking anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medication.
Ginkgo increases the circulation to the extremities and specifically improves the blood supply to the brain. Although generally a very safe herb to take, treat it with respect: there are situations when it is best not to self-medicate with it – for instance, if you have high blood pressure, have a history of strokes or if you are taking blood-thinning medicines (you may still benefit from ginkgo but the dosage should be determined by a qualified herbalist).
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If your health is generally good, ginkgo can be very useful to improve memory and concentration and also general blood circulation. It should be your first-choice herb if you always have cold hands and feet and do not cope well with cold weather. It is very useful when mountaineering in high altitude.
How to take
Tincture is the preferred way; make sure the tincture strength is 2:1 as the benefits from other strengths are unclear. Tea can be used instead.
Adults: 1-1.3ml, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 2:1; or 2-3g of dry leaf to make a cup of tisane, 1-3 times a day.
Children (2-16 years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child -see post 6.
Many spices, such as ginger, chillies, turmeric, cinnamon and horseradish, are beneficial for the circulatory system. They all have a mild stimulatory effect, which becomes obvious when eating any of these items – a feeling of warmth after having a hot curry is a direct result of more blood flowing through the capillaries!
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