Ginkgo Biloba has been used for centuries to enhance the circulation in the brain and improve short and long term memory, increase reaction time and improve mental clarity. It is often used to treat elderly persons with Alzheimers and other symptoms of cerebral insufficiency. Ginkgo Biloba is also used to relieve tension and anxiety and improve mental alertness, elevate mood and restore energy. It may also help control cholesterol to prevent hardening of the arteries and can relax constricted blood vessels. Studies have confirmed that Ginkgo Biloba increases blood flow to the retina and can slow retinal deterioration resulting in an increase of visual acuity. In clinical tests, Ginkgo Biloba has improved hearing loss in the elderly. It also improves circulation in the extremities relieving cold hands and feet, swelling in the limbs and chronic arterial blockage.
Among other things, Ginkgo Biloba is being investigated as a potential treatment to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, as a treatment for asthma and for toxic shock syndrome. Ginkgo Biloba has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat respiratory ailments, improve circulation, aid digestion, combat memory loss in the elderly and promote longevity.