First documented in the 15th century Chinese medical book Dian Nan Ben Cao
, the leaves of Ginkgo biloba
were used externally to treat sores and internally for diarrhea, asthma, tuberculosis, coughs and bronchial conditions. When the West became introduced to the plant, the herb was shown to help stimulate blood flow to the brain and improve the overall brain health of individuals with Alzheimer's, though it does not prevent the disease.
Interesting fact: Ginkgo trees in Hiroshima, Japan survived the atomic blast and are still alive today!
Legalese: This product is not intended to treat or cure any disease or dysfunction. Combining some herbal products with prescription or over the counter drugs may not be advised. Always consult your health care professional. This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. Discontinue use if you experience any difficulty breathing, hives, or skin irritation. Those taking medication to prevent blood clots should consult a health care professional before using. Stop taking ginkgo at least three days before surgery. Not recommended for women who are pregnant.
Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1.5 of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 5 minutes.