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Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)



Promotes circulation, improves memory, improves concentration, improves blood circulation

Areas of application:

Improves cerebral circulation, improves memory, dementia, circulatory disorders with arterial occlusions, reduces the tendency to thrombosis in veins and arteries; counteracts arterial circulation problems in the legs, especially in older people; affects the microcirculation in the conjunctiva of the eyes, headaches, depression, deafness (inner ear disorders), hormonal disorders, effects of diabetes, sleep disorders of the elderly, feeling of cold in the limbs, cardiac arrhythmias, venous insufficiency, hemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, cough, chilblains, tuberculosis, Venereal diseases, nervous stomachs, skin diseases, nervous conditions

Plant parts used:

Leaves, nuts

Collection time:

Summer to autumn

To find:

Its homeland is in Japan and China, where the oldest 1000-year-old trees are located. Ginkgo plant, can be over 1000 years old and 40 meters high.

The tree can sometimes be found in parks and botanical gardens.


Flavonol glycosides, ginkgolides, bilobalide, proanthocyanides, terpene lactones, ginkgolic acids


☕ Tea: Crush 1 teaspoon of ginkgo (2 teaspoons of the fresh leaf) and pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over it. Let it steep for 10 minutes, strain. 3 cups per day if you don't want to take the powder.

🛑 In very rare cases, ginkgo extracts can lead to circulatory disorders (palpitations, dizziness, headaches) and allergic skin reactions. Otherwise, ginkgo must be counted among the low-risk psychoactive plants.

Ginkgo is the sacred tree of Asians. The roasted seeds were once intended exclusively for the Emperor of China, but also for holy men as a special tribute. The ancient trees are still in the temple complex today and some have a circumference of up to 10 meters. Objects are carved and turned from the wood that have nothing to do with cult. Buddhist altars, figures or even the objects for the sacred tea ceremony are made from it.

The great "holy" Ginkgo tree in Hiroshima survived the atomic bomb, showing how much strength the species has acquired in the millions of years it has lived on earth. The fan leaf tree has survived all catastrophes in earth's history and is considered the oldest tree plant, a biological link between coniferous and deciduous trees. Ginkgo existed even when the dinosaurs lived, when there were no humans yet, and is therefore lovingly referred to by many as the “forefather”. of trees.

It survives exhaust gases and is immune to fungi, viruses and bacteria.

This tree's leaf, which entrusts my garden from the east, gives secret meaning to taste, how it edifies the knowledgeable. Is it a living being that is separated into itself? Are they two who choose to be known as one? I thought it made the right sense to answer such questions. Don't you feel from my songs that I am one and double?

(from the West-Eastern Divan by Johann Wolfang von Goethe)

Ginkgo and garlic improve peripheral blood circulation (at the edges of the body), hawthorn improves coronary blood circulation (concerning the veins of the heart wall), horse chestnut improves venous blood circulation.

If an operation is planned, the use of medicinal herbs must be communicated. Ginkgo, but also garlic and ginseng, increase the tendency to bleeding during operations.

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