Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba or Maidenhair tree is a tree well-known in China since prehistoric times. It contains contains flavonoid glycosides and terpenoids used in some pharmaceutical drugs. As per ancient hisotry and some modern medical studies, it has been shown to have nootropoic and anti-oxidant properties, to increase blood flow, and For more studies on ginkgo biloba, look it up on

However, ginkgo biloba has been shown to have side effects such as intracerebral hemorrhage, gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, dizziness, allergic skin, possible increased risk of bleeding, gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heart palpitations, and restlessness. In addition, it should not be taken with anticoagulants such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or warfarin.

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional, such as a physician.

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